It pays to have friends in high places.
Just ask Mike Davis, who first received word that Sacramento, Cal., point guard Darius Logan might have interest in the Hoosiers from Sacramento Kings assistant coach Elston Turner.
Turner, an eight-year NBA veteran who is now in his second-year assistant with the Kings, is friends with Davis as well as Logan's father. He told Davis that Logan wasn't set on staying on the West Coast to play his college basketball, and if Indiana was interested, it should take a look at the 5-11, 185-pounder from Sacramento H.S.
"(Davis) knew about me, but he probably didn't know if I was interested in Indiana or not because I hadn't talked to him," said Logan.
Davis knew about Logan from his summer recruiting excursions. The Hoosiers' coach had seen Logan's AAU squad face off against O.J. Mayo's team in Houston. It was a contest that Mayo's D-I Greyhounds won, but Logan scored 27 points and added five assists.
That effort led to a couple of recruiting letters from the IU program. But once Davis received word from Turner, Indiana's level of interest increased dramatically.
"He's connected with my dad, and he's been trying to reach me, but we've been playing phone tag," said Logan. "But the interest really started to pick up a couple of weeks ago."
Indiana isn't the only program that's been inquiring as of late. The Class of 2006 recruit said DePaul, Texas Tech and New Mexico State are among the bigger programs that have surfaced as possibilities lately, while a handful of smaller Division I programs are interested as well.
The interest from the major Division I programs is rewarding to Logan, who could have signed this fall with a smaller program, but wanted to wait and see if bigger programs would come calling.
"I wanted to go with a bigger school," said Logan, who averaged 12 points, seven assists and four steals as a junior. "I figured I'd wait, and I was pretty sure that some things would pop up. Stuff has popped up from waiting."
Most of those programs that are now showing interest are keeping a close eye on how Logan does this season at Sacramento H.S. He helped his team to a 30-3 mark a year ago and within two wins of the Division III state championship. With only two players gone from last year's squad, Logan expects to once again contend for a state title.
While the team has lofty goals, Logan hopes to improve on his play from a year ago as well, especially with his ball distribution and leadership qualities.
"This year, I want to be more consistent as far as getting the ball where it needs to go, and being even better at setting up the big men and penetrating and dishing it off," said Logan. "I did it last year, but I want to do it more – it's going to be one of my main focuses."
This will be Logan's second year at the Sacramento H.S. program. He spent his first two seasons at Sacramento's Capital Christ H.S., but wound up making the move to Sacramento High in an effort to help his development.
"I went to Sacramento H.S. at the end of my sophomore year, and it made me more realistic," said Logan. "My old school, we were playing good teams, but it wasn't as competitive. Here you have to be competitive, you have to be playing hardest 24-7. It will improve your game, and it improved my game a lot – working hard everyday, all the time. It made me more consistent."
Davis Comes Calling For Logan
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