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Logic ready to take the next step

BY RYAN RODRIGUEZ | APRIL 15, 2015 5:00 AM

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A historic college career now behind her, Iowa senior Sam Logic has more reasons than ever to be excited about playing basketball.

One of the most dominant point guards in Iowa program history, Logic leaves behind a trail of records and achievements not soon to be matched by a Hawkeye. 

Always ready for the next challenge, the spotlight on Logic will be turned up tremendously come Thursday night, with Wisconsin native being a potential top-10 pick in this year’s WNBA draft.

“I haven’t thought much about where I might go, but wherever I go and who ever takes a chance on me, I’m going to give them all I have,” she said. “I’m just excited about all of it.”

Logic, who started all 135 games in her Iowa career, was one of 11 prospects invited to attend the first round of the draft in Connecticut in person Thursday, yet another first for an Iowa player.

And while her professional fate is now in the hands of people she’s never met, it’s about the journey, more so than the destination, that she cares about. 

“I can’t control anything right now, so I’m having fun with it,” Logic said. “I am so blessed to be able to go [to the WNBA draft]. Not many people are invited to even be there, so I’m going to take every opportunity to learn what I can those first couple days.

“What happens after that I don’t control, so I don’t worry about it.”

Should those top-10 projections hold true, it would make her the highest-drafted Iowa athlete in any professional draft since offensive tackle Robert Gallery was drafted second by Oakland in the NFL draft in 2004.

It’s an astounding fact considering where Logic should rank among the all-time Iowa greats, but one that doesn’t do her contributions to the Hawks justice in the mind of her coach.

Then again, no number or stat will ever be able to truly quantify her value the last four seasons. 

“I think you have to put her as one of the greatest players I’ve ever coached,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “There’s no one in NCAA history who was more balanced as far as points, steals, rebounds, and assists. I mean, what she did here was amazing.”

Understated as they may be, the numbers are still impressive. 

Tenth all-time at Iowa in points (1,546), second all-time in rebounds (922), and first in assists (898), Logic is the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 1,500 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists, and 200 steals.

“She works so hard because it means so much to her,” Bluder said. “She loves the game. She’s passionate about it. She watches so much basketball between college, the NBA, the WNBA. She’s a real student of the game.”

With her college career over and graduation approaching, Logic will focus solely on hoops in the coming months. A focused training regimen and some time off to properly heal a nagging MCL will be welcome.

Hoping to get in her rookie season in the WNBA this summer before heading off to Europe to play in the off-season, she will be busier than ever.

It’s easy to get the feeling she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I’m just taking it all in and taking it one day at a time,” Logic said.  “Just learning all the situations and taking it all in, I just want to take advantage of the opportunity that we’ve been given.”


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