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Logic working hard for Hawks

[ 1 ] June 29, 2011 |

Iowa recruit Samantha Logic drives past UNI’s Brittni Donaldson on Wednesday during a Game Time League matchup betwen Logic’s Coralville Hy-Vee and Donaldson’s Vinton Merchants/McCurry’s at the North Liberty Recreation Center. Matthew Holst / Iowa City Press-Citizen

NORTH LIBERTY — Samantha Logic arrived in Iowa City a few weeks ago with perhaps the most intriguing resume of any women’s basketball recruit in the Lisa Bluder era.

Logic is ranked as the No. 10 recruit in the Class of 2011 by ESPN HoopGurlz and became just the third Bluder recruit to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.

After helping lead her Game Time League team to a win Wednesday with 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals, Logic said she was ready to help the Hawkeyes however she could this fall.

“I’m not really expecting to start,” Logic said. “You can’t really expect anything because then you don’t work for anything.”

Still, the past shows that highly decorated recruits usually do get on the floor … a lot.

In 2009, Iowa brought in two Top 100 recruits — Jaime Printy and Theairra Taylor. Printy played in all 34 games, and Taylor started before getting hurt.

In 2002, Iowa had two McDonald’s All-Americans — Johanna Solverson and Lindsay Richards. Solverson started 27 games as a freshman; Richards tore her ACL a few games into the year.

Logic said she was ready to start if that’s what the coaches wanted.

“If that’s how it works, then the coaching staff, they know what they are doing,” Logic said. “They’ve built this program up and worked hard to get it where it is.”

The Racine, Wis., native is a natural point guard, and for nearly all of her basketball career, she has had the ball in her hands, running the offense.

“It’s so much fun playing with her,” GTL and future Hawkeye teammate Virginia Johnson said. “She knows how to use her talent. She knows when to pass it.”

Logic showcased some of what she can do on Wednesday at the North Liberty Recreation Center. Whether it was a no-look bounce pass into the post, driving to the hoop, or posting up smaller guards near the basket — she kept her team on the go.

And even when she didn’t have the ball, she had her hands up and tried to point out open players to whomever had the ball at the moment.

“That’s point guard instinct, I guess,” Logic said. “I’m just trying to get on the same page with a somewhat random group of girls.

“Someone has to do that when you’re not playing with offensive sets and plays.”

Logic’s natural spot on the court already is filled for the Hawkeyes. Iowa returns senior all-Big Ten point guard Kamille Wahlin.

Logic isn’t worried about fitting in even if she’s not on point.

“I can adjust,” Logic said. “They are going to put me on the floor, and I’m going to have to play there. They tell me what to do, and I’ll do it the best I can.

“We’ll make the offense work, hopefully.”

All five incoming freshmen are on campus, taking classes and participating in the GTL. They all live next door to each other in the dorms and are taking the same two classes.

“We really travel together all over,” Logic said. “You can tell we’re freshmen on campus. We get along really well.”

The freshmen will get to travel with the team when the Hawkeyes go overseas in August to Prague, Czech Republic, and Paris.

ESPN rated the class the 11th-best in the country.

“We’re looking to have that impact this year,” Logic said. “Iowa played strong and has a lot of people returning. If you look at what they have coming back, it’s even more promising for us coming in.”

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