Averaging roughly 31 points per game, Coram Deo Academy (Flower Mound) senior guard Logan McClure is one of the state’s purest scorers.
Texas Top 100 intern Eddie Shabomardenly talked with McClure about his interests, style of play, the differences between private and public school ball and much more.
ES: Who is Logan McClure?
LM: I was born in Plano, Texas, and have lived here most of my life, except for a couple of years where I’ve lived in Oklahoma City and Lawton, OK. I go to school at Coram Deo Academy, and this is my seventh year here. I love playing basketball, and have since I was young. I’m interested in sports medicine and physical therapy, and plan on studying something in that general area during college. I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching basketball, going to church, and listening to music.
ES: What’s is the atmosphere of CDA’s basketball team like?
LM: CDA basketball’s atmosphere has changed a lot this past year. With new coaches, Coach Email Asante, and Coach Fonzo Martinez, bringing in a new system, and an almost completely new varsity team, there was a huge shift in how our team looked and played for the better. We now play an up-tempo style of game, moving fast up and down the court and sharing the ball on offense. We put up almost 30 more points every game then we did in years past. Our new coaches have done a great job of pushing us to work hard, setting team goals, and holding us accountable, and that’s why I think we had success this year. Practices look completely different, and are much more intense, as we have more of a focus on conditioning and game-like drills. I’m looking forward to watching how the program develops over the next few years.
ES: Do you enjoy playing select or school ball more?
LM: I enjoy both. In AAU, you are able to travel a lot more with your team. The games are more up-tempo and not as much focused on individual matchups, because usually there is hardly any scouting of either team beforehand. With high school, you are playing with guys that you know well, that you see everyday. Most of them you’ve played with for a while. I like playing AAU and high school, I think that the more games you play the more you’re able to improve.
ES: What kind of basketball player are you?
LM: I think that I can do a lot of different things on the court. I can score the ball in different ways, create for teammates, play solid defense, and communicate on both sides of the floor. I think that I am especially good at shooting the ball and create space with a defender, and getting to the right spot on help defense. I can get better at being able to pull up midrange quickly, and going by a defender when I already have a step. I’ve gotten much better this year at reading pick and rolls, and being able to hit the roller as well as attack off the ball screen.
ES: Who is your basketball idol?
LM: I watch a lot of different players, but my basketball idol would probably be Kobe Bryant. I really admire his work ethic and his drive, and the way he’s made himself into such a complete player.
ES: Which NBA player past or current is your game most similar to?
LM: Comparisons are hard, but I’d like to think that I play like Brandon Roy, a fast paced scoring guard who can shoot the ball but also create space and attack the rim. I loved watching him as I was growing up, and tried to use some of his moves when I would play. I also think I play a little bit like Damian Lillard (editor’s note: Not a bad comparison, considering Dame dropped 51 in a win against the Warriors last night).
ES: What was your best personal game?
LM: My best personal game with this year in a tournament, in the Ovilla tournament I talked about earlier. We played Irving the Highlands, and I scored 57. Shot felt great, I was getting out in transition, getting open looks and making free throws the whole game. The game just felt like it was coming really easily to me. I didn’t know I was even near 57 until after the game.
ES: What was your most challenging game? How did it affect you as a basketball player?
LM: My most challenging game came this year in district against Grapevine Faith. One thing I faced in almost all of district was being denied the ball throughout the game, and sometimes double teamed when I had the ball. Teams tried to make it really tough on me to score the ball. This game it was especially rough, and I struggled to get good looks the whole game. Thankfully, my teammates stepped up and we played a good game as a team. That game caused me to really rely on them to pick me up when I was down, and taught me to focus on what I could control in a game. In this game, that was making good passes and crashing the boards for rebounds.
ES: To you, what is the difference between private school basketball and public school basketball in Texas?
LM: I know lots of guys from both public and private schools, and there are great players in both. I think that sometimes people look at private schools as not being as competitive as public schools, and they don’t realize how good some of these teams are. Most public schools are bigger, so sometimes the crowds and facilities are bigger as well. But private schools can compete, too.
ES: Tell me about the year you are having at CDA.
LM: I’m having a great year playing at CDA, for several reasons. Our coaches have been so supportive to me and want to help me to become the best player I can be. They’ve also helped a ton with recruiting, and helping me to find the right place to play next year. I’ve played really well, and I think that a lot of that is the work that I’ve put in during the offseason. For most guys that come out and play well in the winter, they’ve been in the gym all summer long. Last summer I tried to focus on getting stronger and more athletic, as well as working on every part of my game. I knew that I’d have a big role on this team so I wanted to be ready. I try to continue getting better during the season and just stay focused.
ES: How do you make your team better?
LM: I make my team better by making the right passes, playing good defense, and working hard during practice, games, and on my own. Also, being a leader on this team, I try to set a good example for other players and make sure that we’re focused and getting better as a team.
ES: What is your greatest basketball accomplishment?
LM: I think that my some of my greatest basketball accomplishments would be scoring 1,000 points my senior season, getting offers to play at the next level, and being a part of Coram Deo basketball this year. One thing that made this year special was that it was a atmosphere change for the team. In the past, Coram Deo basketball has not been competitive, not been a place where players want to play, and not a winning team. We changed that this year, and the improvement that we’ve seen is crazy. We lost almost our entire varsity team at the end of last year with transfers, but guys stepped up and worked hard, and really changed the culture of Coram Deo basketball. Our coaches have worked with us and helped us to achieve that goal. I’m really proud to be a part of that.
ES: What are some of your goals?
LM: My goal is to play at the next level. That’s been the goal for a long time, and I’m really close to it. I want to play on a team where I can compete, grow as a person and a player, and get my degree.
ES: Have you received any offers yet?
LM: I received an offer from Saint Xavier in Chicago (NAIA) and Northwestern Oklahoma State (D2) and I’m talking to several other colleges as well.
ES: What makes you Logan McClure?
LM: My work ethic. I’m willing to do what a coach needs me to do on the floor, and whatever my role is I will work hard at it, I think that I’ll always have an upside because I’m always trying to improve myself in some way.