Bruises and all, Logic will be a star

Samantha Logic's physical play from the point always draws a crowd, but she still scored 21 points during Midwest Elite's 61-53 loss to DFW TJACK in the championship game of the Nike Summer Showcase in Elgin, Ill. Glenn Nelson/ESPN.com

ELGIN, Ill. -- If Samantha Logic had her own team, its logo would be a bruise.

It would be deep, too, like some of her shots. The ones she takes. And the ones she delivers.

"They'll know it later that they played against Samantha," her Midwest Elite coach, Ralph Gesualdo, said of the bruising point guard from Racine, Wis.

They know it already, even before the onset of the contusions.

"She's the one of the one or two best players we've played against," said DFW TJack Elite coach Daryl Horton after his team dodged an anvil, toppling Logic and the Midwest Elite 61-53, in the Nike Summer Showcase championship game on Tuesday.

The girls' basketball club circuit rarely has seen the likes of Slammin' Sammy Logic. Groomed on physical play as younger girl in a boys' league, then against older -- and bigger -- cousins in the driveway, Logic sprouted to her full height, 5 feet 11, by the seventh grade. And, although, a lot of her contemporaries continued to grow, she continued to treat them all as mismatches.

The consequence to opposing defenses is that Logic uses her body as well as any player, post or point, on the high-school level. She was not phased when DFW assigned any of its lightning-bolt guards to defend her. She merely shielded the ball with her thick body, backed them down, hit them with a crossover or wraparound dribble, and muscled the ball in. In addition to being a deft passer and long-ball threat, Logic also is one of the few girls who consistently shoots a turnaround jumper, mostly on the fade and arching over flailing inside players. It is a maneuver she says she picked up from John Waring's Wisconsin-based Pacesetter training program.

"You learn to use what you have," Logic said.

And she has a lot to offer. Gesualdo calls her a "matchup problem. We'll play her at the point or the two (guard) and sometimes we'll use her to guard posts. … She's one of the strongest points I've had in some time. The thing is, she doesn't get a lot of fouls called for her. Defenders just bounced off her, and the officials assume nothing happened."

Asked what kind of player would be ideal to defend her, Logic paused. A double team was suggested. "Then I give the ball up," she said, her basketball IQ holding true to the family name. "Two defenders? I would like that."

But Logic doesn't always dictate, she also takes a licking. Against TJack, she took consecutive charges against the rim-assaulting DFW guards in the first half, and finished the game with four -- a total even the most aggressive defender might not accumulate during an entire tournament.

The package -- more like a letter bomb -- Logic delivered during the Summer Showcase was somewhat of a surprise. And she is about to blow up, recruiting-wise. Until this spring, she played with the Madison Spartans, a club team that competed only regionally, and her high school team, Racine Case, that, although good, is located in Wisconsin, which outside of Milwaukee usually is not regarded as a hoops hotbed.

Right now, before the deluge she is certain to receive from colleges during the July break, Logic likes Cal, Iowa and Stanford, all of which she has visited unofficially. She also would like to make unofficial visits to DePaul, Kansas and Marquette in August. She admits she doesn't know what to expect beyond that, but coaches certainly will like how she has responded ("Basketball is basketball," Logic said) to elite-level competition.

Slammin' Sammy Logic didn't say she was "open" in her recruitment, the way a lot of girls do. She didn't need to say so. After the kind of week she had, she simply needs to be so.

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Glenn Nelson is a senior writer at ESPN.com and the founder of HoopGurlz.com. A member of the Parade All-American Selection Committee, he formerly coached girl's club basketball, was the editor-in-chief of an online sports network, authored a basketball book for kids, and was a longtime, national-award-winning newspaper columnist and writer. He can be reached at glenn@hoopgurlz.com.