Above photo of Logan Blow provided by Logan Blow
BELTON, Texas- On Feb. 13, 2021, Logan Blow raced up and down the court at the Mayborn Campus Center. But the former Crusader was now starring for ASC rival ETBU.
As he led the Tigers in scoring with 30 points, Blow kept ETBU in the game, clearly a better player than the young freshman who had seen limited minutes for the Cru during the 2017-18 season.
Now over three years after he last donned the purple and gold, Blow will once again become a member of the Cru as he transferred to UMHB, bringing quality experience and talent to Belton.
We caught up with Blow to discuss his transfer back to UMHB, the impact of his late father, his near-perfect free throwing shooting and more in this edition of “Catching up with the Commits.”
What brought you back to UMHB?
LB: “When I was here the first time I loved everything about UMHB. And I was excited with the opportunity to play for Coach Carroll and his staff, the athletic facilities, the culture, and being closer to home were huge driving factors for me.”
You did transfer, but you will remain in the ASC. Do you think having some familiarity of the other teams and players in the conference will help you?
LB: “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m sure some teams will remember me based on the season before. It was fun this past year, going back to the ASC after being gone for a little bit. Of course this being my sixth year, I’m one of the older guys, so I enjoy helping the younger guys acclimate to college and college basketball. I’m excited to be back at UMHB and see what the next season holds for us.”
While you only spent one year at ETBU, what did you improve on while with the Tigers?
LB: “At every other school I played at, I played point guard. [But when I got to ETBU], we had a couple smaller guys, and Coach told me he wanted me to play off-ball, which put me in more of a scoring mentality. I think it helped me become more well-rounded, not just as a basketball player but as a leader on the court.”
In high school, you were a two-time Texas state free throw champ and also a national free-throw champion. Can you talk about your knack for converting shots from the charity stripe?
LB: “My sophomore year, I was an average free throw shooter, and my dad was my coach. He told me, ‘This is unacceptable for somebody who has the ball in his hands as much as you do.’ From that point on, I really took a conscience effort to focus on my free throws. It really bugs me that I was No. 1 in conference [this past year] in free throw percentage until I missed three in a row in the combination of the Belhaven and Louisiana College games. But I was happy with how I performed at the free throw line this past year.”
It is pretty evident that your late father, Ronald Blow, had a tremendous impact on your life and passion for basketball.
LB: “For sure. He was my coach from the time I was young. I was literally forced to play basketball at four years old. He was my coach from then until college. He was even my high school coach.
“Growing up, I used to tell my dad that I did not want to be a basketball coach. He’d ask me why and I’d say, ‘Because players don’t listen’. [That’s what I had seen] playing with a bunch of different players on different teams. But after he passed away about four years ago, I got to thinking about different sides of basketball other than just playing. When I’m done playing in college, I want to play overseas. Then after that, I’d like to become a coach and a skills trainer. Most people say “ball is life”, just as something to say, but for me it is really a big part of my life.”
This is expected to be one of the deepest UMHB teams in recent years. How do you think the competition for playing time and overall talent of this team will benefit you guys?
LB: “It’s definitely going to be exciting and this is one of the deepest teams I’ve ever been a part of. There’s a good amount of guys who could’ve gone wherever they wanted and start, so I think that competition in practice will help us be an even better team. If we can put our selfishness aside, and realize starting or averaging 30 [points per game] isn’t what’s best for the team, we’re going to go far.”