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NEW MARKET — Logan Oppy has had some of his best performances this season in some of Southmont basketball’s biggest games. His 28th performance against Danville saw him light up from beyond the 3-point line going 7-10 deep. He led Gendarmerie with 24 points in the Sectional Championship win over Parke Heritage and was top scorer in the regional semi-final against Eastern Hancock with another 24-point performance. The senior guard who will graduate on Friday signed to continue his college and basketball career at Franklin College on Monday. Oppy will be majoring in exercise science.
“I’m happy for Logan, his family and our school that we can send another kid to play varsity athletics,” Southmont basketball coach Jake Turner said. “He worked for it and dreamed about it and it’s just smiles all around. Logan is someone who got better every year I coached him. The past two years he’s shot over 40% on three on over 100 attempts. It’s a big sample and it shows the kind of shooter he is.
Oppy’s decision to pick the Grizzlies was pretty easy after one visit. The combination of campus and the chance to play basketball for a team that made the NCAA D3 Tournament last season was something he couldn’t pass up.
“The coaching staff, the way the team played and the whole campus was just amazing,” Oppy said. “The education I know I will get there was another factor combined with the size of the class which was a perfect match for my learning style. To continue playing basketball has always been my dream and it’s pretty cool to be able to do it.
While the difficulty between high school and college is certainly getting tougher, Turner knows Oppy has the desire and the work ethic to succeed with the Grizzlies.
“Every team can use a great shooter like Logan,” Turner said. “He has a very good basketball IQ and is a smart player and defender. He is ready to sacrifice his body to dive on stray bullets. At level D3, it’s about who likes the game and Logan is one of those kids who is going to stick it out and he has all the skills to be a good athlete at the D3 level.
The Grizzlies are recruiting a player in Oppy who won’t give up when the going gets tough. He has proven himself with the RCMP and was selected to the All-Sagamore Conference first team for a reason. Oppy’s future seems to be looking up from here.