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The past week has been a whirlwind for Iowa senior Samantha Logic.

It started with a trip to Connecticut for the WNBA draft. It was filled with interviews and media requests. It ended with Logic being selected 10th overall by the Atlanta Dream.

Yet it's nothing when compared with what lies ahead for the Iowa senior.

The busy draft week began a hectic month for Logic that will conclude with her graduation May 16 and the start of her first professional training camp a day later.

"I'm assuming I'll probably fly out that same day, because training camp starts on the 17th," Logic said of graduation. "I have to work out those details with the team yet. It will be a pretty tight window, but that's all right. I can handle that."

Logic became the second Iowa player in program history, and the first in 18 years, to be selected in the first round. The senior point guard became the 12th Iowa player to be selected in the WNBA draft and the first since 2011.

"That is what the aspiration has been since she's been a little girl," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "To see that come true is what every coach wants. You want to have your players reach their goals, and it is fun to see that happen."

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Now, the real work begins for Logic.

She returned to Iowa on Friday after the draft and has plenty to do between now and the opening of training camp.

That includes finishing her final few weeks of classes as well as workouts to prep for the pros.

"My preparation is going to be the same going into Atlanta," Logic said. "Whatever coach asks me to do, I'm going to try to step up and do."

The first step for Logic was getting familiar with her new team.

Logic said she spoke with Atlanta president and general manager Angela Taylor along with assistant coaches the night of the draft. She has since spoken with Dream head coach Michael Cooper and said they all shared the same sentiment about their first round pick.

"They just said they were excited for me to get down there and get to work," Logic said. "Really, they are trying to build a championship team."

There is plenty more for Logic to do besides get in the classroom and the gym.

She is in the process of making plans to play overseas during the WNBA offseason. The WNBA regular season runs from June to September, leaving players plenty of time to pursue playing careers elsewhere.

Logic said she plans to explore that option but hasn't gotten very far in the process.

"Just having that opportunity to continue to play and continue to get better, and then traveling the world and playing basketball for your living is another huge blessing," Logic said. "I haven't thought about that too much yet because this team is what's going to be my main focus for the next few months."

Logic was the only Iowa player selected in last week's draft, but she isn't the only Hawkeye cementing future basketball plans.

Bluder said that fellow seniors Bethany Doolittle and Melissa Dixon are both in the process of finding places to continue their careers. Doolittle signed with an agent last week, and Dixon is looking into that process as well.

Reach Ryan Murken at 319-339-7369 or rmurken@press-citizen.com and follow him on Twitter at @rmmurken.

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