Nov. 19, 2013
Signing Day Central
Sam Logwood III and Jack Purchase have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Auburn basketball program beginning next season, Auburn head coach Tony Barbee has announced.
"We are very excited about both Jack and Sam joining the AU basketball family," Auburn head coach Tony Barbee said. "We believe they complement each other very well. We are looking forward to them joining us next year."
Logwood is a 6-7, 205 lbs. small forward from Indianapolis, Ind. Ranked fifth in the state of Indiana and No. 25 at his position by ESPN Recruiting Nation, he plays at La Lumiere School where he helped the Lakers to a 26-6 mark as a junior in 2012-13 and a 25-3 mark as a sophomore in 2011-12. As a junior he averaged 18 points and 7.4 rebounds, leading the team in both while also finishing second on the team in both steals and blocks.
"Sam is a multi-dimensional wing who I believe is one of the best defensive wings in the country," Barbee said. "At his height, speed and athleticism, Sam has a chance to come in and have an immediate impact. Offensively he will be able to mismatch smaller guards with his height and mismatch bigger guards with his athletic ability. He plays for one of the best high schools in the country in La Lumiere. Coach (Alan) Huss has helped develop a winning culture at La Lumiere and we expect that winning attitude to be carried over when Sam arrives on campus."
According to the ESPN scouting report, "Logwood is a big time athlete that is strong and physical. He excels on the break and when attacking the rim at high speeds where he is a highlight finisher. He has a huge presence on the glass and blocking shots. His game will go to the next level of production as his skills continue to be developed."
Logwood and La Lumiere finished last year ranked No. 12 in the USA Today polls after reaching as high as No. 3 on a team that counted eight Division I players on its roster. This year the team is currently ranked No. 8.
Purchase is a 6-10 forward from Victoria, Australia. Playing for the Melbourne Tigers last season, he averaged 21.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists, hitting 47.8 percent of his 3-pointers. The son of former Australian NBL player Nigel Purchase, he has also competed for the Australian U17 National Team and he was named the Grand Final MVP of the BIG V's under 23 league last season.
"Jack is a skilled forward that has competed at a high level internationally and has shown that his skill set will impact the game," Barbee said. "Coming from a well-known and respected basketball family in Australia, Jack has learned the ability to pass and shoot at a high level. At 6-9 and with a high basketball IQ, Jack will be able to stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting ability and pass over defenses."
Purchase won a silver medal with the U17 National Team at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania, averaging 4.8 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game. He has since played with the U20 state team.