DUAL THREAT: Trojans’ Logan Seiser all-state on court, in classroom
WEBSTER CITY – The Seiser clan has been mighty good to the Northeast Hamilton boys’ basketball program over the past decade, and the family saved the best for last.
It’s safe to say that Trojans’ forward Logan Seiser earned life-long hardwood bragging rights over older brothers Trey and Ethan following a senior season that can only be labeled as remarkable.
Media members statewide certainly felt that way.
Logan Seiser has been named to the Class 1A all-state second team by the Iowa Newspaper Association, it was announced today. It comes on the heels of postseason accolades from the Iowa Star Conference that included a spot on its elite team as well as the North Division first team.
“It’s something that I’ve been working for, so it’s nice to see all that pay off,” Seiser said of picking up all-state recognition. “So, yeah, I’m happy.”
Seiser was the only area player to claim all-state status from the INA. Iowa City West senior and University of Northern Iowa recruit Wyatt Lohaus was named Mr. Basketball by the organization.
Seiser, a 6-foot-6 senior, was in the spotlight all season and he only has himself to blame. The numbers he put up from the opening game right through the end of the season forced the opposition to throw everything but the kitchen sink his way in an attempt to slow him down.
Very few teams succeeded.
Seiser averaged a double-double – 24 points and 12.3 rebounds per game – while shooting 54.3 percent from the field. He led the ISC in both points and rebounds and ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, in 1A in the two categories.
His 21 double-doubles included a season-high 46 points in a 64-62 loss to North Tama on Jan. 17. Seiser was unconscious, draining 19 of 27 shots from the field, including 4 of 7 3-pointers.
One game earlier – a 35-29 win over Don Bosco on Jan. 14 – Seiser yanked down a season-best 21 rebounds.
Yes, it may have been a challenge at times, but Seiser, who entered the school’s 1,000-point fraternity late in the season, says the attention he received only made him a better player.
“It was frustrating at times, but it was understandable,” he said. “It definitely made me a better and stronger player when I got the ball.”
In addition to being one of the state’s premier players, Seiser was also one of its most conscientious students. He received arguably an even bigger honor earlier this month when he was named to the academic all-state team. He and the other members were honored at halftime of the 2A state championship game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday.
“I’m from a tiny school in the middle of nowhere, so it’s a special thing (to be named academic all-state),” Seiser said. “It’s nice to get recognition for that.”