Hoosiers Locked In On Logan

Darius Logan's Sacramento H.S. coach, Derek Swafford, talks about the IU recruiting target and what sort of system fits his style of play best.

Darius Logan's style on the court isn't the same as it is off the court.

On the hardwood, the 5-11, 185-pound guard from Sacramento (Cal.) H.S. plays a style of basketball that is best suited for an up-tempo system.

"Without a doubt an up-tempo style fits him best," said his prep coach, Derek Swafford. "We're in your face for 32 minutes defensively, and he's lightning quick."

Off the court, though, Logan has been taking things much slower when it comes to recruiting. With the fall signing period now concluded, the combo guard has opted to wait until the spring signing period to see what other opportunities might surface.

Among the schools showing interest is Indiana, which still has some recruiting needs to address in the spring. Indiana signed point guard Armon Bassett and small forward Xavier Keeling in the fall, but still has its eyes on Texas big man Darrell Arthur and another backcourt player as well.

Logan's decision to wait is a big reason why schools like Indiana will likely surface as potential destinations this spring. He's also getting interest from the likes of DePaul, New Mexico State and Texas Tech, among others.

"I think it was a good decision for him to wait," said Swafford. "As far as I'm concerned, I don't care who it is, as long as you get your education paid for, I don't care if it's Timbuktu. A lot of times spring can be better than the (fall), because they get a better look at you and you can have a better season than the last year.

"Now, Darius can take his time, and a good year this season can really help him out."

Logan's Sacramento H.S. team is expected to have a big season this year after going 30-3 a year ago and making a deep run in the state playoffs. With just about everyone back on that team, a state championship is a very real possibility.

Logan will undoubtedly be one of the leaders on the team after averaging 12 points, seven assists and four steals per game a year ago.

"He's a great team player," said Swafford. "He's awesome in the open court. He's also exceptionally strong – strong as an ox. He just has a natural physique, and a great frame for a guard his size.

"His outside shooting is very good, and really carried us a long ways a year ago. It opened up zones, and teams didn't want to play us man-to-man because athletically we were stronger, taller, and we're 10 deep and all of them can handle the ball."

Swafford believes that all of the pieces are in place for Logan to be a very special player at the collegiate level, whether that's in Bloomington or someone else.

"There's no doubt in my mind he can be special, he just needs the time and the maturity," said Swafford. "Once he gets with a coach who is disciplined – and he can take that – he'll continue to develop. He just loves the game.

"The thing he needs to learn is talent doesn't always win games. With high school kids, a lot of times they just want to get up and down the court and play. We hold everyone accountable for everyone knowing each position, what each position is supposed to be doing at any given time. Critical thinking skills on the court."

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