Samantha Logic could make Iowa history at WNBA Draft

Ryan Murken
Iowa senior Samantha Logic poses for a photo during women's basketball media day at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen

On the verge of recognizing her dream of becoming a professional basketball player, Samantha Logic considered herself many things.

"Lucky" was a word Logic stopped short of using to describe her situation as one of the 12 players selected to attend the WNBA Draft that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The draft will be aired on ESPN2.

"Not lucky," Logic said, stopping herself after starting to use the phrase. "I would say being in this situation I'm very blessed and very fortunate with the position I've been put in and kind of put myself in at the same time."

Logic was wise to not use the word luck when describing her career.

Players don't become consensus all-Americans or potential first-round picks by being lucky, and Logic is no exception.

Iowa's all-time assist leader and a two-time unanimous all-Big Ten pick, Logic needed a lot more than luck to earn an invitation to Thursday's draft.

"She works extremely hard," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "She is passionate about the game, she loves to be around it and then she competes at such a high level and when you have those things it is easier to work hard and when you work hard good things happen to you."

Logic wrapped up one of the best careers in Iowa history last month.

The 5-foot-9 point guard finished her career as the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 1,500 career points, 900 rebounds, 800 assists and 200 steals.

She is 10th all-time at Iowa in scoring and second in both rebounding and steals.

"I think she is the top player that we have ever coached," Bluder said. "She was an all-American by the WBCA, which I have never had one of those, has the possibility of being a first-round draft pick and just what she has accumulated statistically over her career here, there is nobody that is more balanced in the NCAA history in points, rebounds, steals and assists, that is amazing."

That versatility could make Logic the highest Hawkeye ever drafted in the WNBA.

Toni Foster was the first draft pick in Iowa history when she went eighth overall to the Phoenix Mercury in 1997 and remains the highest an Iowa player has ever gone in the draft.

Mock drafts have Logic going anywhere from third overall to 12th overall.

"Honestly I haven't really thought too much about where I should go or where I could end up," Logic said. "It's just all dependent on who has been taken at that point."

Logic isn't sure of her future after Thursday night.

The invitation itself is a huge accomplishment for Logic, who is the first Iowa player ever invited to attend the draft.

Logic will await her basketball fate Thursday night with members of the Iowa coaching staff, her parents and some of the best players in country.

Notre Dame junior Jewell Loyd and Minnesota sophomore Amanda Zahui B are among those that will be in attendance, along with the Connecticut tandem of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Linn-Mar graduate Kiah Stokes.

"It's a huge blessing, it's so special to be able to go," Logic said. "Obviously not very many people get the opportunity to come, there are only 12 people here so I'm just taking it all in at one time."

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• What: WNBA Draft presented by State Farm

• When: Thursday, 6 p.m.

• Where: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

• TV: ESPN2 will televise the first round, rounds two and three will be shown on ESPN3

• What to watch: Iowa senior point guard Samantha Logic was one of 12 players invited to attend the draft in person and is tabbed as a first-round and possible top-10 pick. Seniors Bethany Doolittle and Melissa Dixon are possible late-round selections.