While much was made over the summer about the flow of talent to La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
, head coach Alan Huss thinks one of two returners will be the key to success for the Lakers in 2013-14.Sam Logwood
, a well-built 6-foot-5 wing headed to Auburn next year, will be counted on to produce and lead.
"He's really undervalued nationally," Huss said. "He played center as a freshman and has made the transition into becoming a really solid wing player. He can still play on the block and we will ask him to do that some but he scores in a variety of ways and can really finish."
Logwood helped La Lumiere notch a signature win over storied Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) last December at the Iolani Classic in Hawai'i (the Lakers also beat Findlay Prep during the 2011-12 season). In order for more wins like that to occur, a talented cast of newcomers will need to get comfortable in a hurry.
Guard/forward Joseph Toye
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"We have a lot of young, hungry kids that are really fighting for spots," Huss said. "It's a competitive environment and a great mix."
The backcourt looks to be in good hands with Jo Jo Anderson
(a transfer from Houston), Drew Cayce
(Edwardsville, Ill.), Jalen Coleman
(Indianapolis) and Munis Tutu
– another returner.Joseph Toye
, a star on the court and in track and field (jumps) at Chicago's Whitney Young last year, joins Logwood on the wing.
Coleman was a standout as a sophomore at Indianapolis Cathedral, ironically leading the Fighting Irish to a 70-59 win over La Lumiere last February. The junior guard will be joined at his new school by freshman brother Isaiah
, who Huss expects to see minutes this year.Alex Olesinski
is an intriguing player at 6-9 with the ability to do damage from the outside. The New Mexico native has a chance to significantly raise his stock with a productive two years at La Lumiere.
"He's added 14 or 15 pounds already since he has been here," Huss said. "Still got to get physically stronger but he's a stretch four who could be very difficult to deal with."View gallery of La Lumiere preseason photo shootLa Lumiere last five years:
2012-13 (Alan Huss) – 26-6, No. 7 final Academy Top 10 national ranking
2011-12 (Alan Huss) – 25-3, No. 7 final Academy Top 10 national ranking
2010-11 (Alan Huss) – 21-4
2009-10 (Delray Brooks) – 10-11
2008-09 (Delray Brooks) – 14-9
The Lakers have a talented cast of players on their roster including (clockwise from No. 15): Jo Jo Anderson, Sadiq Inuwa, Jalen Coleman, Alex Olesinski, Sam Logwood, Drew Cayce, Joseph Toye and Munis Tutu.
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