Classroom Champions: Holland's Luke Frei

HOLLAND, Texas (KWTX) At 6'6", Holland High School senior Luke Frei has the height to play basketball at the next level.

He won the defensive player of the year award for district 25-2A, but only just started getting heavily recruited this past summer.

"The camps made me better and made me understand the process," Frei said. "A lot of it came from playing in the big time tournaments nationwide like Las Vegas, and Augusta, Georgia gave me some exposure, too."

TCU has offered a preferred walk-on spot. But if he wants playing time, the D-III route may be the one he takes. He's got the grades as well, sporting a 4.0 GPA and is ranked third in his class.

"Luke is one of those students you enjoy having in class," Holland High School coach and teacher Eric Samford said. "He's always working hard, always asking questions, always trying to better himself. I taught him in Algebra 2 and geometry. He's just a great student and works extremely hard."

Luke is the Holland High School Student Council Vice President and volunteers a lot of his time when he's not playing sports or in class.

"My favorite volunteer opportunity was when I was a volunteer coach for the Temple Youth Baseball Association," Frei said. "It was really fun spending time with those kids.

"Maybe a little more from that, I worked with the first grade group from Holland. We read books to them, we're pen pals with them, we hang out, it's really fun. I used to be in that position as a first grader looking up to the high schoolers. Now I get to be a role model for them. It's just really cool to me."