Logan Doyle had South Dakota State University near the top of his list of schools even before they offered him a full basketball scholarship.
Once that offer came, it didn’t take him long to commit. Jackrabbits head coach Scott Nagy called with the news on Tuesday night. After taking a day to talk things over with his family, Doyle returned the call to tell Nagy he was excited to accept the offer and start his Jackrabbits career in 2013.
“To be honest, even when they hadn’t offered I was probably considering them,” Doyle said this morning. “When I went there, I got to play with their guys in a pick-up game and I got along with them really well. I know we were only there for two hours and you can’t really build a relationship in that time, but I thought I clicked with them pretty well. Their facilities are great, we toured their academics buildings…it was pretty much the total package.”
Doyle made an unofficial visit to the Brookings campus about two weeks ago. He chose the SDSU offer over a Division I offer from Western Illinois University and eight other Division II offers from schools in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Doyle won’t get a chance to play with current SDSU senior point guard Nate Wolters but said it’s cool watching what he has done with the Jackrabbits coming out of the Central Lakes Conference. Wolters helped sell him on SDSU on his visit. The two will be in St. Cloud tonight to play a pick-up game together as well.
Wolters scored a school-record 1,767 points during his career at St. Cloud Tech. He has turned himself into one of the best guards in the country, averaging 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game during a junior season where he led SDSU to its first Division I NCAA Tournament appearance.
“It definitely is cool,” Doyle said. “I remember as an 8th grader watching him play Hopkins in the state tournament and just kind of being in awe. He kind of went off that game, and at the time Hopkins was amazing. That is cool to have someone from the area that has been there and done well.”
Doyle said he is excited about having his recruitment behind him and being able to focus on his senior season.
“That’s what I told [head coach Forrest] Witt,” he said. “Right after I told him I committed, I just said ‘OK coach, that’s done. Now we can focus on the high school season.’ I think we have a good shot at being pretty good.”
The Cardinals went 10-16 overall last season but return their top two scorers in Doyle (13.2 PPG) and junior guard John Vogeler (11.8 PPG). After playing with them this off-season, Doyle is confident there are a number of juniors ready to step up to the varsity level this year as well.
“David Krivanek, he’s really improved this summer and shown what he can do,” Doyle said. “Brandon Bistodeau, Chase Kohler, I’m proud of the underclassmen. [Last year's] sophomores, I think that class can be something special. They went all in. They’ve done everything that the coaches and upperclassmen have asked them to do, been to every open gym. If you want to be a successful team, you have to be good nine through 12 and even younger than that. It takes the whole program.”