WNBA coach thinks Logic is 'one of the best' on point guard draft list

Ryan Murken

Lisa Bluder spent a lot of time over the past four years coming up with ways to describe Samantha Logic.

On Tuesday, the longtime Iowa coach called Logic the best player she had ever coached.

Bluder isn't the only person heaping praise on Logic as she prepares for Thursday's WNBA Draft at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut (6 p.m. on ESPN2).

"Sam Logic has had a tremendous career and in her senior season she just stepped it up another notch," Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan said. "The triple-doubles show that she is a strong point guard that does more than just pass the ball and run a team."

A consensus All-American this season after averaging 13.4 points, 8.1 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game, Logic is viewed as a potential first-round pick in the WNBA Draft.

The 5-foot-9 point guard has the ability and career accomplishments to stand out in what is being touted as draft-deep at the point guard position.

"I think Sam Logic is, even though this is a point guard deep depth, she is one of the best on that list," ESPN analyst LaChina Robinson said. "She reminds me a lot of (current Minnesota Lynx guard) Lindsay Whalen in her physical play."

Logic would be the 12th Hawkeye to be drafted if she is selected Thursday and the first Hawkeye taken in the draft since Kachine Alexander was selected by Minnesota in 2011.

She could be the highest drafted Hawkeye ever if she goes in the top seven picks.

Tori Foster was the eighth overall pick in 1997.

"She is capable of scoring herself, she is capable of adding boards, I think she has had a tremendous career and done a lot for herself," Donovan said. "She has shown that she is a heady point guard."

The same things that made Logic a fan-favorite in Iowa City, her toughness and competitive nature has caught the attention of people across the country.

"They call her nails because of her toughness," Robinson said. "She does not back down."

The all-time assists leader at Iowa, Logic's passing ability is at the top of her list of on-court assets.

It is far from the only thing that WNBA personnel have liked about Logic.

"They love her competitiveness, I've heard that and they like strength, her size, they really like that," Bluder said. "They like that she can shoot the 3, she shot 35 percent this year and they like that."

If there is a knock on Logic's game, it is on the defensive end, her speed and her quickness, though Donovan feels there are plenty of good aspects that outweigh the shortcomings.

"She is going to have challenges especially defensively and from an athleticism speed standpoint but her intelligence will make her very interesting in training camp," Donovan said. "My guess is that she is a quick study and a quick learner and so I think when she gets into training camp, returning players in that position should be aware."

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