Logwood Commits to Barbee's Tigers

Talented small forward basketball prospect Sam Logwood committed to Auburn after taking an official visit.

La Porte, Ind.--Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers picked up their first verbal for the 2014 basketball signing class when forward Sam Logwood announced that he has committed to Auburn.

The six-foot-seven high school senior from La Lumiere School took an official visit to the AU campus over the weekend with his father and came away impressed.

"I liked everything about the visit," Logwood said. "I liked the campus and the people were very welcoming. I liked the coaches and the guys on the team who showed me a great time. I felt like it is the perfect place for me to be."

Rated the No. 30 small forward prospect in the country by Scout.com, Logwood said he chose the Tigers over a long list of suitors. He noted he also seriously considered Creighton, Iowa, Oregon State, Ball State and Wichita State.

"Just walking around campus people were so friendly," he said, noting that he left Auburn with a high comfort level about the college atmosphere at AU.

The 6-7, 205 prospect also said that he bonded with the players he met on the visit. "Those guys want me on the team," he said, noting that although the Tigers struggled on the court last season from what he sees better days are on the horizon for Barbee's team, which will have a new look for the coming season with six freshmen, two juco transfers and one other transfer.

"I played with the guys and I feel like I fit in," he said. "I felt like I belonged there and fit in with them. I feel with the guys they are bringing in we can start a new legacy there and that is something I really want to do. I wasn't a big fan of joining up with guys on a superstar team. I kind of want to go against those guys and prove myself. That is something I will be looking forward to doing next year.

"Coach Miller (assistant coach Ryan Miller) and Coach Barbee have big plans for me and I like where they are going with it," he added.

The 17-year-old prospect noted that he plans to wait to sign scholarship papers until the spring period in April. High school seniors can sign during a one-week early period in November.

Logwood said that despite Auburn's struggles last season, he feels good about his choice after spending the weekend in Auburn with his father. "My dad liked it, too," Logwood said. "He liked the people, the academics and how everyone there was welcoming."

The prospect said in addition to touring campus and spending time with the basketball players he enjoyed seeing Auburn's season-opening football victory over Washington State. The pre-game eagle flight really got his attention. "When that eagle dropped it gave me chills," he said. "I liked how everybody was into the game--it was a great experience."

The Tigers also had a visit from 6-9 power forward Jack Purchase, a high school senior from Melbourne, Australia. Logwood noted that he played a pickup game with Purchase and was impressed. "He can really shoot the ball," Logwood said.

Jack Purchase

Purchase made the official visit to Auburn with his father, Nigel Purchase, who was a star basketball player for the Melbourne Tigers. The Tigers look to be seriously in the picture for the big man from Australia, who plans to discuss his college choice with his mother before making a decision.

Logwood said he hasn't decided what he wants to study in college, but noted he is thinking about communications or sports medicine.

The prospect said he isn't sure if he is as tall as he is going to be as a college player, noting that he has grown an inch in the past year.

Asked what he does best on a basketball court, Logwood said, "Win games." He noted he believes his team will have a chance to do well for his senior season at La Lumiere, noting there are a lot of "high character" guys on his squad.

Asked what he is working on improving for his senior season, he said, "Developing from perimeter skills, especially by ball-handling, and my middle game--my mid-range pull-ups and things like that."

Milik Yarbrough, a 6-5, 190 three-star prospect from Zion, Ill., is expected to be in Auburn next weekend for an official visit.

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