Colton High School senior Logan Wallaert has been chosen to represent the West Team in this year's Oregon Athletic Coaches Association basketball All-Star Series. It marks the 45th year of the All-Star game.
Wallaert, a first team All-PacWest Conference winner this season, is one of ten players among 2A, 3A, and 4A schools selected by coaches for the West Team.
"It means a lot to be selected, I get to represent my school and community at the All-Star game," Wallaert said. "It also proves that all the hours in the weight room and gym really paid off."
And while Wallaert was a standout for Colton's basketball team this season, leading in nearly every statistical category and garnering the second-most votes for the PacWest Conference MVP, he wasn't always that big fish in a little pond.
"As an eighth grader, he was an OK kid," Colton head basketball coach Greg Adams said. "He wasn't the best on the team, but every year in high school he just worked and worked and worked and played, he did fall league and spring league and just continued to work at his game, and it really evolved."
"He didn't really play much his junior year on the varsity teams, and I remember telling him when we had our one-on-one sit-down meeting before the season, I said 'Logan, you're really going to surprise some teams in this league because they don't realize how good you are," Adams said.
Adams said perhaps the most impressive stat Wallaert achieved last season was only giving up 19 turnovers over 24 games played.
"As much as the ball was in his hands, to only have 19 turnovers, that really impressed me," Adams said.
Wallaert's game evolved over the course of his high school career as he played on an Amateur Athletic Union team in the offseason and developed his body in the weight room.
"With all of the weight and gym training I was also able to play on an AAU team, which for not playing much during my junior year really helped me take my game to the next level playing against other varsity teams throughout the offseason," Wallaert said.
Adams said Wallaert wanted to be more than just a post player, and he had the talent to do so.
"He had the three-point shot, and that made him such a huge threat against teams that didn't expect that," Adams said. During the Viks' first round playoff game against Amity this season, Wallaert had 16 points as he hit four three-pointers in the first quarter.
Wallaert joins alumni Anthony Basargin ('16) and Harper James ('15) to mark three years in a row of Colton's representation in the All-Star Series.
"[They] were both great players and I am happy that I get to join them in the line of athletes being represented," Wallaert said. "With three years straight of Sweet 16 appearances, Colton's basketball program is becoming exciting and I can't wait to see how they do next season."
Looking ahead to next year, Wallaert said he plans on playing basketball at the next level, but he isn't sure where just yet. He said he wants to study either Business Management or Sports Sciences.
"I like to keep my options open and will play for the school that I think will help me excel academically and athletically," he said.
Adams said Wallaert has been participating in shootarounds at Clackamas Community College and that Pacific University in Forest Grove has expressed some interest as well.
The All-Star Series consists of two games that will take place on Friday, June 16 at the Morse Events Center at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, and on Saturday, June 17 at Wilsonville High School at to-be-announced times.
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