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Bienvenidos Austin

Bienvenidos Austin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Former Belmont University men's basketball standout Austin Luke ('18) has signed a professional playing contract with Melilla Baloncesto in Spain, the club announced this week.

Luke spent last season split between VEF Riga in Latvia and VFL Kirchheim Knights in Germany.

The Rowlett, Texas native handed out 681 assists, first in Belmont's NCAA Division I era and third in Ohio Valley Conference history. In fact, only four players in all of college basketball had more career assists than Luke upon his graduation in 2018.

Luke ranked second nationally in assists per game as a junior and fourth as a senior. He was a mainstay in 89 Belmont victories, including three Ohio Valley Conference championship teams.

The 6-3 point guard played in the Bruins' 2015 NCAA Tournament near-upset of No. 2 seed Virginia, and was part of signature victories over Marquette, Georgia, Vanderbilt and nationally-ranked Murray State, among others, during his career.

In 2017-18, Luke joined the select company of Evan Bradds and Craig Bradshaw as the only Belmont players named All-OVC First Team in successive seasons (later joined by Dylan Windler).

A four-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll and three-time NABC Honors Court recipient, Luke earned his bachelor's degree in business administration.

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs nine consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.