Sam Logwood: Evaluation

La Lumiere has been long on talent in recent seasons, and Logwood will carry on a trend of sending a graduate to a major conference school.

Introduction

Shortly into his junior season, Sam Logwood put himself on the grassroots map. Having transferred from Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North to La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere, Logwood suited up for a nationally ranked team and competing in high profile games.

Early that year he had drawn interest from Ball State, Indiana State, Xavier, UNC-Greensboro, Missouri State and Illinois State, and the interest would expand from there.

Logwood impressed us at the Flyin' To The Hoop event in early 2013, playing tough defense against Andrew Wiggins and Xavier Rathan-Mayes. His willingness to stick his nose into a tight spot versus elite opponents suggested a bright future.

Auburn became his first BCS offer, and the Tigers never relented in their pursuit. Michigan State, Xavier and Mississippi State tracked him as well, but while most chose to evaluate the AU coaching staff pushed hard.

Logwood hit the travel circuit in April and quickly added an offer from Rick Ray's Bulldogs. He played well, even if not spectacularly, during the spring and summer. He didn't have a great close to July in Las Vegas, but a player with an unsung style won't always produce much in the way of numbers.

He ultimately accumulated reported offers from Iowa, Florida State, Butler and others, but a late August visit to Auburn sealed his recruitment. He committed to the Tigers and entered his senior year as a featured player for La Lumiere.

Assets

I typically open this section with remarks about a player's physical gifts or offensive skill, but Logwood's defense stands as his top attribute. He's a strong, aggressive and instinctive defender who, at 6-6, 200 pounds, has the ideal body type to defend a range of forwards.

As mentioned above, he performed yeoman's work versus Wiggins and Rathan-Mayes during his junior year, and he consistently has been excellent on that end of the court. Along with that, he's a capable defensive rebounder as well and athletic enough to get ahead on the break.

Additionally, he's a reasonably effective shot-creator off the dribble, provided he goes right. He can finish above the rim or pull up for short jump shots, sometimes catching defenders by surprise. Logwood also earns marks for playing unselfishly and with winning at the top of his mind.

Deficits

To truly be an effective wing, Logwood must improve his dribbling. He's limited at times offensively not based on athleticism, but by his lack of a polished left hand.

Meanwhile, he also should work to improve his perimeter jump shot. He hits some but clearly isn't as comfortable from deep as he is in the paint. At 6-6, he'll need a more expansive offensive attack.

Outlook

Logwood slots most accurately as a utility wing. He doesn't yet possess the tool set to be a primary scorer — and who knows if he ever will — but makes a lot of little plays and should acclimate quickly to the college game in terms of playing without the ball and concentrating on nuance.

And defensively, he's among the best wings in the class. He isn't a demonstrative defender or highlight shotblocker from the help side, but puts forth commendable effort and has been successful at recognizing and slicing through screens. He should be a four-year contributor to the Tigers, and whatever halfcourt scoring he provides will be a bonus.


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