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Homecoming 2012-2013 with my youngest son, Luke (credit: Tracy Kornet)

Homecoming 2012-2013 with my youngest son, Luke (credit: Tracy Kornet)

I’ve been in social media hiding for 3 weeks now, fearing my blabber-mouth tendencies would totally screw things up.

Can’t share everything for another day or two, but I can share this: A miraculous set of events has just occured in the life of my youngest son.

It was March 13th when I blogged about the ongoing arguments in the Kornet house as to whether a prestigious, name-brand university is worth the money, should Luke be accepted.

We believed we had found an ideal solution, thanks to some generous academic scholarships SMU awarded my future engineer. We were thrilled to know Luke would stay close to home in an esteemed, private institution with an excellent engineering school–and a Division One basketball program to boot. We were all at peace, believing this was a wonderful win-win.

And then everything changed.

We made a call to a dear friend and former coach, asking him if he knew someone at SMU we could talk to about Luke walking-on the basketball team. That friend talked to another friend…who asked Luke to come to practice with his AAU team, composed of top 17-year-old recruits …which happened to be an amazing fit…which was playing in a series of upcoming tournaments, the first of which was 2 days later in Arkansas…in which the team played so well, they made it to the championship game…which was attended by national basketball recruiters…who then alerted D-1 programs across the country to this 6’10” unsigned, 17-year-old senior named Luke Kornet who can shoot 3’s, dunk, rebound, and has grown 6 inches since last summer. And he is still growing.

I am not exaggerating when I tell you, the phone has not stopped ringing ever since.

DFW Airport, back from Spring Break 2013 (credit: Tracy Kornet)

DFW Airport, back from Spring Break 2013 (credit: Tracy Kornet)

Luke played the following weekend in Minnessota, again with this exceptional AAU team, this time with dozens of D-1 coaches in attendance.

The phone has continued to ring; we have had head coaches visit our home and Luke’s school; we have flown across the country to meet players, engineering professors–all to see where Luke might fit in best when he commits to play college basketball.

Yes, Luke *will* be playing college basketball.

It is a dream come true for this humble, hard-working, incredibly grateful son of mine. When an official decision is announced–I will excitedly blab it immediately.

And I hope you will help me cheer Luke on this fall!

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