Sunday, July 13, 2003

Logan begins workouts for Golden State

College basketball insider: Ex-UC star still without a contract

Steve Logan is finally in a Golden State Warriors uniform, though he is not on the team's regular-season roster.

Logan played with the Warriors' summer-league team last week after spending a week working out for the Warriors' player personnel department. The Warriors had been concerned about Logan's physical shape, but he looked sharp in workouts and has averaged 12-15 minutes a game in the summer league.

The former University of Cincinnati All-American guard was drafted No. 30 in 2002 by the Warriors. Logan was not guaranteed a contract and hasn't signed.

Warriors spokesman Dan Martinez said Logan's spot on the summer-league roster in no way indicates that a deal will be reached between the two parties. Rather, the Warriors wanted to evaluate Logan before making a decision on whether to enter into negotiations with him and his agent.

RANKINGS IN: The two major prep summer camps are over, and rankings from are in for the Nike and adidas camps. Xavier and Cincinnati are recruiting several players ranked on the Web site.

At the Nike camp in Indianapolis, UC tracked Isaiah Swann (No. 5), Jason Rich (No. 20) and Alfred Horford (No. 34).

Xavier coaches looked at A.J. Ratliff (No. 28), Horford and 2005 recruit Greg Paulus (No. 29).

North College Hill freshman O.J. Mayo came in as the No. 14 shooting guard according to the Web site.

WHERE ARE THE RECRUITS? Cincinnati's incoming recruiting class - Robert Whaley, James White and Mike Pilgrim - has been the main show at the Deveroes Summer League the past two weeks. Fans have used the league to get a glimpse of new players.

Xavier's incoming class has been absent. Two recruits, Justin Doellman and Justin Cage, were busy practicing with their respective state all-star teams when the summer league began. Doellman is on the Mike Albert Leasing roster but is playing in pickup games at Cintas Center with his future Xavier teammates.

JOHNSON HEALTHY: Former UC star DerMarr Johnson is making an NBA comeback attempt after a near-fatal car crash in September. The guard is playing with the Memphis Grizzlies' summer-league team. The Atlanta Hawks selected Johnson with the sixth overall pick in the 2000 draft.

TUBBY AT THE RACES: Kentucky coach Tubby Smith attended Saturday's Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway as part of a charity commitment.

His presence was a bit of a surprise, considering Smith is not particularly a race fan and the race is right in the middle of the July recruiting period.

"I came off the recruiting road today," Smith said, "and I'm going to the Peach Jam (Tournament) tomorrow."

In regard to conference realignment, Smith said he attributes the current movement by teams to increased pressure to find new ways to finance athletic programs.

Kentucky had been rumored to be a candidate for Atlantic Coast Conference expansion, but Smith said he's confident that UK administrators are happy in the Southeastern Conference.



'BasketBowl' achieves sellout: A sellout crowd of more than 75,000 basketball fans is expected to pack Ford Field when Michigan State hosts Kentucky in Detroit.

All 19,028 tickets available to the general public have been sold for the Dec. 13 game, the stadium ticket office announced Friday.

A total of 69,700 tickets have been sold for "The BasketBowl," according to Michigan State ticket manager Chris Besanceney. Spartan donors and season-ticket holders purchased 50,672 before seats were made available to the public.

Ford Field's capacity is 69,700 for basketball. But the attendance is expected to exceed 75,000 with the addition of courtside bleachers; students and pep bands from Michigan State and Kentucky; Ford Field suite holders; media; and stadium game-day personnel.

The world basketball attendance record is 75,000, set Aug. 21, 1951, during a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition in Berlin, Germany. The largest crowd to ever watch an NCAA basketball game is 68,112, set Jan. 20, 1990, when Notre Dame played Louisiana State in New Orleans' Louisiana Superdome.

--The Associated Press

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