Sam Logwood, the Lobos’ leading scorer and rebounder, is taking “personal leave” from the program to contemplate his future, including whether he will continue playing for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team.
The 6-foot-7 senior forward and team captain from Indianapolis, who is expected to graduate next week from UNM, is not expected to play Saturday night for the struggling Lobos (3-6), who host rival New Mexico State University in Dreamsytle Arena.
Lobos coach Paul Weir said Logwood’s decision to “collect himself” and take time away from the team was a mutual decision between the two, but came after multiple conversations in which the senior forward had expressed frustration. During a conversation Wednesday prior to the Lobos’ loss at Colorado, the conversation turned from just frustration to maybe moving on.
“He realized at that point maybe it was becoming a bit of a problem, not only for him, but maybe the team,” Weir said.
The Lobos coach would not get into specific details about what is bothering Logwood, but a source with the program told the Journal he is not in academic, legal or NCAA-related trouble.
The Journal has asked to talk with Logwood, who has not yet chosen to do so. Weir said the senior told his teammates on Friday afternoon.
“He basically told them that he has a lot on his mind and he needed a little bit of time away,” Weir said. “It was very brief. Sam’s not exactly a talkative young man.”
There is no timetable for Logwood’s decision on whether he will return.
“I think over the last week or two, Sam’s frustrations with different things in life and in basketball had just kind of reached a point where our conversations had started to progress about what’s really best for Sam,” Weir said. “I think right now, that could mean a lot of things. I think just for his own mindset, he needed some time away to really think about where his future was going to go.”
Logwood has not been happy as a member of the program for a few years, but seemed to find his footing after a coaching change in the offseason.
Logwood has played in 99 games at UNM and has started 75. He has a career scoring average of 7.3 points, which has blossomed to 14.9 this season, along with an average of 5.1 rebounds per game. He had a career-high of 27 points in a 69-67 loss to TCU on Nov. 24 in the Emerald Coast Classic in Florida and impressed professional scouts there, who spoke to the Journal at the event.
He contemplated transferring after his sophomore season (2015-16), but was talked into staying by the coaching staff. Last season, he and then-head coach Craig Neal did not get along. By the end of the season it was no secret he wanted out and felt he had played out of position as a face-up “3” wing instead of in a stretch “4” role that would allow him to play closer to the basket and use his athleticism to better exploit mismatches.
As he struggled some the first half of 2016-17, some fans were highly critical of his maintaining a starting role. He blossomed late in the season when inserted back into the starting lineup to replace injured power forward Tim Williams. In that time, he had some of his best games playing the “4” but still was never happy being on the team or with his relationship with his coach.
Logwood announced he was transferring in March, but changed his mind after Neal was fired and Weir was hired.
“Leaving wasn’t something I wanted to do,” Logwood told the Journal on April 21, after deciding to stay for his senior season. “It was something I felt like I had to do at that point. But now, with the new coach, I feel like I’ve got to keep establishing a relationship with him and building a family here.”
Logwood, by all accounts, kept his promise throughout offseason workouts.
Weir said Logwood was “pivotal” in getting the groundwork laid for the new coach’s system in place.
“I’m thankful for everything that he’s given me and everything that he’s given us,” Weir said. “I have a good relationship with Sam. I asked him several times if it had anything to do with me and he assures me it’s not. … I think his well being is the top priority right now. And that’s the well being of his mind and his soul and hopefully he comes to that soon.”