BANGOR – After dazzling on the court for four years at Greely High School, Logan Bagshaw is headed to Southern Connecticut State.
“Both coaches really showed a lot of interest and they kept reassuring that I was a really big piece in what they wanted,” Bagshaw said.
Bagshaw said the Owls joined his recruiting process late, but showed the most interest. He received interest from several other schools in the northeast and was also offered by Division I, McNeese State.
For Bagshaw, the decision to pick the Owls was based on their interest in him. It also helped their coach is a former NBA champion.
“The biggest thing for me is experience like he knows what to do to and he talked to me even he said if you want to do something after college I’m a great guy to talk to he’s worked with agents he’s been in the league,” Bagshaw said about Owls head coach, Scott Burrell.
Before Sunday, many basketball fans probably never heard of Scott Burrell.
The former NBA champion was a micro focus of last week’s episodes of The Last Dance, including one scene where Michael Jordan joked about Burrell’s “partying” off the court.
“A young man at that age is supposed to enjoy life, but I didn’t enjoy it that much. That’s the old fish story you catch a fish that’s this big but you tell everybody it’s ten feet long by the time you’re done,” Burrell said with a smile.
“As soon as I saw him I like had my phone out I was taking pictures and videos and stuff it was really cool,” Bagshaw said.
A basketball star at the University of Connecticut in the early 90s and a minor league baseball player, Burrell was the first person to be a first round draft pick in two different sports.
The Mariners selected Burrell with the 26th pick in the 1989 MLB Draft and the Hornets took him with the 20th pick in the 1993 NBA Draft.
Burrell chose basketball and ended up playing and learning from Jordan.
“It’s a great experience, you’re nervous about playing with them but you soak in so much,” Burrell said.
The sports world watched in awe this past weekend as Burrell took the brunt of Jordan’s jabs in practice, but Burrell never backed down.
“I never got mad, I got mad at myself when I didn’t perform like I should or if I wasn’t on the same page as everybody else,” Burrell said.
“Everything he did was for me to get better mentally tougher physically better and as the season went on I gained more confidence,” he added.
For Bagshaw, The Last Dance is his first taste of the Bulls dynasty and his first glance of what his future may hold.
“You can take what you learn from Michael, his intensity, his passion, his drive only certain people can take that you gotta be self motivated to be great,” Burrell said.
“I can teach you to be better but I can’t make you great that comes from being self-motivated,” he added.
“You earn everything you get and that’s exactly how I am I’m excited to earn my spot and work for what I can get,” Bagshaw said.