By BILL DAVIS
EASTON, Mass. — Anyone who has been there knows that college is completely different than high school.
But that doesn't mean you can't excel at both.
Ryan Logan has figured out how to do that on the basketball court. The 2013 Fredericktown High School grad, who dominated the game in the Mid-Buckeye Conference, is now doing the same at Stonehill College.
"It's been interesting," Logan recently told theNews when reflecting on his time as a college freshman. "It's been fun. It's a new experience."
The former two-time MBC Player of the Year and All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year is now one of the Skyhawks' top players. He's currently tied for the team lead in scoring (11.5 points per game) and leads the Northeast-10 Conference in three-point shooting (11-for-19, 57.9 percent). Logan is averaging 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and just under a steal per game.
Earlier this week, Logan was named the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week for a league-leading third time, after scoring 17 points in his team's 72-66 loss at Chestnut Hill.
"I'm trying to be the best all-around player I can be," Logan said. "Every day, I try to work on everything I have, all my skill sets. There's no one thing to work on."
It's not too surprising that Logan is doing well at the NCAA Division II school. He averaged a double-double (23.0 points, 11.7 rebounds) in his final season at Fredericktown, and he led the area in steals (2.8) and blocks (3.0) per game. Over his high school career, he was named First Team All-District twice and established a school record for points (1,501). But the college game is a lot different, as Logan quickly found out.
"The quickness of how everything develops and the physicality of the game are a lot different than the high school game," Logan said. "Every play, every second, I have to give everything I have."
Logan has made plenty of new friends, both on the court and off, during his tenure at Stonehill. He's also learning that there isn't a lot of free time when you're a college student.
"School in college is a lot different. It takes up a lot more time," Logan said. "Time management is important. Finals are tough, but you have to grind through it.
"It's nerve-racking to be a new college student to be away from friends and everything. But this team has bonded really well, and we're all really good friends. Which is great, especially when you're 11 hours away from home."
The Skyhawks (3-7) are off until Saturday, Jan. 4, for a road game against Saint Michael's College.
In the meantime, Logan is relaxing at home, taking some time away from his studies and basketball for some much-needed rest. Logan hasn't picked a major yet, but he indicated he wants to do something regarding communications.
As for his on-court goals, they're pretty clear.
"I want to be an All-American and win a national championship," Logan said. "That would be a pretty cool thing to say when you move along in life."