Friday, January 19, 2007

Sinkhole Superstars: Steve Deontay Logan

One of the perks of working for a stats-graphics company earlier this decade was getting front row seats to NCAA tourney games. Sure, I spent the entire game as a "spotter," meaning that I had a two-way headset on and was reporting game stats to an input guy so that they would appear updated "live" on CBS. Still, front-row seats at the NCAA tourney are pretty sweet.

I was at Steve Logan's region the year he was a first team All-American, his senior year. He was, hands down, the most interesting player to watch. Imagine a player with the moves of an Iverson but the body of an El-Amin. You are imagining Steve Logan. In addition, he had a very unselfconsious, slow, and smooth walking style. He was almost as much fun to watch between plays as he was when the clock was running.

He also looks like a old friend of mine. After recently bumping into my friend at the free introductory class of an otherwise expensive Jazzercise program at the local YMCA, I decided to check up on Steve Logan and see how the rest of his career panned out.

Despite being ranked as high as a mid-first rounder by many draft "experts," he fell to the second round where he was taken by Golden State. Some say his height, which is listed as 6' but is probably closer to 5'10", was the reason for people passing on him. I think it is because he only has three fingers on his left hand. He got into a tiff with Golden State over contract stuff and was eventually traded to Dallas. Without ever playing an NBA game, he moved to the ABA and then the EuroLeague. He was released in 2006 and, as far as I can tell, he is currently out of organized basketball.

Cleveland, OH (Lakewood (OH) St. Edward)
1998-1999: Cincinnati (NCAA): 8.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.2apg
1999-2000: Cincinnati (NCAA): 10ppg, 3.7rpg
2000-2001: Cincinnati (NCAA): PointsCUSA-1(20.9), 2.4rpg, 2.4apg
2001-2002: Cincinnati (NCAA): 33 games: 22.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.1 apg
2002: Drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA,2rd(30))
2002: July: Southern California Summer Pro League in Long Beach (Golden State Warriors team)
2002-2003: in Jan.'03 signed at Mobile Revelers (NBDL), but left the team the same month for personal reason
2003: San Francisco Pro-Am League (SF City team)
2004 July: Southern California Summer Pro League in Long Beach, CA (VR Sports team)
2004: In Sep.'04 his right were traded by Golden St. Warriors (NBA) to Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
2004-2005: Texas Tycoons (ABA)
2005-2006: Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (TUR-D1,1T), Turkish League: 12 games: 21.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 5.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 82.0%; left in Jan.'06, then joined AO Kolossos Rodou (GRE-A1): 3 games: 10.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.7apg, left in Feb.'06 due to personal family reasons, next month joined Benfica Lisbona (POR-TMN): 4 games: 16.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 8.5apg



Musa D said...

I believe I was in a land far away, where only BBC transmissions reach, during Steve Deontay Logan's glory years. He must have taken over for Kenyon Martin, who was cruelly denied a showdown with Charlie Bell and the Spartans (Kenyon is angry still). I have never heard of Mr. Logan, and he looks like no one I know except maybe Mordecai Brown. But I like the branding potential here.

DrGravitee said...

Speaking of dominating college players, Glenn Big Dog Robinson faded out quickly and quietly, didn't he?

I think Steve Logan will give bball one more shot. Perhaps we haven't heard the last of him.