Logic likely first-round pick in WNBA Draft

Ryan Murken

Like hundreds of other players, Samantha Logic awaits Thursday night's WNBA draft unsure of what to expect.

Unlike many of the draft hopefuls eager to be among the 36 players selected, Logic's uncertainty lies mainly in when — not if — her named is called.

Pegged as a first-round pick, the former Hawkeye is a virtual lock to be selected on Thursday.

The only questions: When does the Iowa point guard get selected and who picks the Hawkeyes' all-time assists leader?

Logic doesn't have the answer to either, and that uncertainty isn't bothering her at all.

"I really haven't thought about it too much just because it's out of my control," Logic said of her possible draft location. "I know that whoever takes a chance on me I will give them all that I have and I'm just excited about that."

Logic was one of 12 players selected to attend the draft in person at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., strengthening the belief she will be one of the 12 first-round picks.

"The WNBA is only inviting 12 but there is no guarantee that they will go in the first round," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "However, they have heard their name over and over and over as going in the first round so that is a good possibility."

Owners of both the first and third picks in the draft, Seattle once appeared to be a possible landing spot for Logic but those talks have apparently cooled after Notre Dame junior Jewell Loyd announced she was entering the draft.

"Seattle came here and watcher her and Beth (Doolittle) practice and watched our NCAA games," Bluder said. "They were really high on her but that has changed with Jewell Loyd going into the draft."

Seattle coach Jenny Boucek reiterated those feelings last week when she said there was "a 100 percent chance" that the Storm would select Loyd, Minnesota sophomore Amanda Zahui B. or Connecticut sharp-shooter Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with the first pick.

Boucek said the Storm were "exploring a lot of options" with the third pick, including trading the pick.

If Seattle does keep both picks, many analysts believe the Storm will take two of the three players Boucek mentioned, possibly pairing the 6-foot-5 Zahui B. with a perimeter scoring threat like Loyd or Mosqueda-Lewis.

"We are not restricting ourselves to a position," Boucek said. "We're going to try to take who we think are the best players in those spots and really try to add two pieces for the future."

A possible and rational landing spot for Logic is San Antonio, who holds the ninth pick.

Several mock drafts have Logic going to the Stars with the ninth pick, and Bluder acknowledged San Antonio has showed interest in Logic.

"I know she is excited about San Antonio," Bluder said. "She really enjoyed talking with the coach there, I think they had some really good conversations. I think she likes the idea of going south as well for a little bit so I think that has really piqued her interest the most."

Minnesota and Indiana have both inquired about Logic, according to Bluder.

Doolittle and Melissa Dixon are both potential late-round selections on Thursday.

Regardless of their status following the draft, Doolittle and Dixon intend to continue their playing careers as professionals.

Both players are in the process of exploring options in the event they are not drafted.

"I don't know that they will be drafted but I know that they both want to go overseas to play," Bluder said. "They are both in the process of talking to agents and figuring out what to do there."

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

WNBA Draft

• 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.