- IBCA/IHSAA event showcases top Indiana junior hoops players -
There is an old saying, "With team success comes individual success."
That definitely applies to Northview High School's Logan Whitman.
Whitman has been a major player in the Northview Knight's three
straight 20-win seasons, three straight WIC championships and back-to-back Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic titles. He has already passed the
1,000-point mark for his high school career.
People are starting to talk about the 6-foot-1 guard. That is, people
outside of the Wabash Valley area. That is, people, or coaches, in
Whitman was one of six Wabash Valley area high school basketball
players invited to participate Saturday in the IBCA/IHSAA Basketball Showcase at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. Whitman and Northview
teammate Zach Keyes, Sullivan's Jeffrey Moore and Kyle Lane, White River
Valley's A.J. Graves and Bloomfield's Jon Neill. Keyes did not participate
due to a prior committment.
NCAA rules prohibited college coaches from talking to players, but they
got to watch drills and games. "It's an excellent opportunity for
coaches to see me and see Jeff [Moore of Sullivan]. He's from a small
school, too," Whitman said.
Whitman has already been contacted by Indiana State, Austin Peay and
the University of Evansville. "And I got a call from [the University of]
Michigan earlier [last] week," he said.
Graves, whose two older brothers came out of WRV to play for Butler
University, remarked that college coaches don't scout small schools unless
their team is exceptional. Playing on three teams that won 20 games has
definitely helped Whitman.
Earlier this month, Whitman and WRV's Graves were named to the Indiana
High School Junior All-Star team that will scrimmage the Indiana
All-Star team. And Whitman was invited to a Showcase in Houston, Texas, but chose to stay close to home.
Northview and Whitman will receive additional statewide exposure in
December in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at New Castle.
"The Hall of Fame Classic will be good exposure for us. As a team we
wanted to go back and try to get a three-peat in the Pizza Hut [Wabash
Valley] Classic. But this is a once-in-a-school's lifetime chance for us
to get Northview's names in New Castle [at the Hall of Fame]. I think
it's a great opportunity for our school," Whitman said.
For his junior season, Whitman averaged 21.8 points per game, netting
522 points while shooting 48.4 percent (183-378) from the floor. He shot
44 percent (94-212) from 3-point range. He also pulled down 4.8
rebounds per contest and passed out 2.8 assists per game.
What more can he do? Improve.
Since the 2003 season ended, Whitman has been working on his game. He's been in the weight room getting stronger and on the court concentrating on defense.
"I felt last year [defense] was probably the weakest part of my game.
So this summer I'm going to spend most of my time playing defense, so I
can be a defensive stopper next year and hopefully be the offensive
threat that our team needs," Whitman said.
Northview Coach Mitch Lancaster was anxious to see Whitman match up
defensively against players in the Showcase.
"When he gets out [of the drills] and plays people will see what type
of athlete he is," Lancaster said.
"He's really worked to get better off the dribble, offensively. He's
really worked on his defensive game since our season ended. I'm watching
to see him match up against the better kids defensively."
But is Whitman going to play college basketball or college football? Or
will he try to do both? He hasn't decided.
Whitman has been one of the state's leading passers for the last two
high school football seasons. He complted 102-of-238 passes for 1,630
yards and 18 touchdowns last year. But because Northview's program has
struggled, he hasn't received as much attention. That could change this
"Hopefully we'll have a good [football] team. We'll definitely have a
stronger team this year. Hopefully we can improve our record and improve
as a team," Whitman said.
Obviously Whitman understands that old saying, team success leads to