Haven’s Luke Well has blossomed over the years both on and off the court.

The once lanky, bushy-haired freshman who stepped on the Wildcats’ court as a knock down shooter is steadily improving as a 6-foot-3 guard/forward that has the ability to shoot off the dribble and attack the basket.

Wells remains one of the better shooters in Class 3A, but even his head coach in Lonnie Paramore has taken noticed to Wells’ tireless work ethic off the court and said teams will be surprised to see how his senior’s skill set has improved over the years.

“He loves to play basketball,” Paramore said. He’s always working, always has the ball in his hands and he’s always shooting in his driveway. He’s improved off the bounce quite a bit. He attacks the rim.

“He should be pretty hard to guard knocking down shots then putting pressure on the defense by putting the ball on the floor.”

Well is coming off a junior campaign where he averaged 11 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He scored just six in the season opening loss to Trinity. During his sophomore year, he dazzled the Haven faithful with one of the most fruitful shooting display all season. Wells went a perfect 7 of 7 from three-point range in the game, including 4-of-4 in the first half against the Nickerson Panthers.

The fourth-year player doesn’t have to do it alone like he did in that game with talent like Thane Unruh and Nathan Rohling on his side.

But Paramore wants more than improved play from Wells on the floor. He also pushed Wells to become more of a vocal leader to pair with his skillset. As pleasant of a personality Paramore described of Wells, the coach said Wells can lead the team further is he displays his leadership qualities.

“I’ve been challenging him to be a leader and be more vocal as a leader as well,” Paramore said. “All the guys respect him and his work ethic. The guys will follow him in whatever he says if he becomes more vocal as a leader.”