Fredericktown grad moving up ladder of professional basketball in Germany
FREDERICKTOWN — He’s moving on up.
Former Fredericktown High School student Ryan Logan enters his third season of professional basketball in Europe by stepping into a higher league. The 6-foot-7 center and power forward, who played several sports at Fredericktown and went on to play basketball at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, signed with Paderborn in the German Pro A league. The signing was announced by Slan Sports Agency, who negotiated the signing for Logan earlier this month.
Last season, Logan shot 41.6 percent from the floor for Rist Widel of the Pro B league in Germany. Currently, he is back in Fredericktown with his family, but he gets busy next month.
“I leave on August 5th and get practicing right away as soon as I get there,” said Logan. “It will be a new team and a big step for me.”
Even with the new venue and the more advanced competition, Logan expects to play the same versatile role he has played everywhere he has been.
“Pretty much I’ll be a forward but I’ll be doing my usual forte like I used to do,” he explained. “I’ll play where I’m needed. Over the years that’s sort of how I developed, I guess.”
In German professional basketball, the Pro A league can perhaps be seen as the equivalent of being in AAA in American baseball. It has been an opportunity to take in German culture on a daily basis. While Logan has picked up a few words in German, his focus has been basketball, but he has really enjoyed himself in Germany and neighboring Luxembourg, where he played two seasons ago.
“The people are really, really nice, everywhere I’ve been there,” Logan said. “A lot of them already speak English.”
There is much in the way of American culture in the places in Germany that he visited and lived. When he got back to America last April from his initial season in Germany, he wasn’t making a beeline to the nearest icon of American fast food. It was all about reuniting with family and friends.
“When I got back here I really didn’t do anything out of the ordinary,” Logan said. “Over there is pretty much like being here, so it wasn’t a big deal. They pretty much have everything over there that I like back here. There’s nothing I can’t get when I’m over there.”
He just want to get as much playing time as possible and show the new league that he has what it takes. In this league, teams can have as many Americans as they want on the roster, but there can only be three Americans on the court at one time.
“I will just keep improving what I do and getting better at my own game,” Logan said. “Got to get stronger and get in shape and ready to go.”