Hoosick Falls' Logan Thayne commits to UAlbany
HOOSICK, N.Y. — NCAA women's basketball recruiting rules stipulate that college coaches have to wait until September 1 of an athlete's junior year to directly reach out to possible recruits.
It's fair to say the Thayne family was flooded with emails and calls on that late summer night, all with one person in mind - Logan Thayne.
The Hoosick Falls junior has made quite the name for herself on the hardwood playing for the Panthers, and Wednesday night, she announced her intention to bring her talents to the University of Albany in 2020 to join the Great Danes.
Thayne received multiple Division I offers, so she had a choice on her hands as to what her future held.
The program culture and proximity to home that Albany provided was too much for the star center to pass up.
"Looking into colleges, I wanted to find a good fit and make sure I was comfortable with the coaches because I have to spend the next four years with them," Thayne said. "I wanted something that was like a family. Visiting Albany, that was the perfect fit for me. It allowed me to be close to my family so that was perfect."
Thayne's mother, Maggie, was an assistant coach on the Hoosick Falls squad that made it to the sectional championship game this year. She has seen her daughter develop into the player she is today firsthand. Maggie, and her husband Tony, could not be more proud of Logan making this decision.
"At a young age, she was really focused on basketball and she's just a determined girl," Maggie Thayne said. "When she puts her mind to something, she's going to accomplish it. She goes to school every morning at 6 a.m. and putting in all the extra effort pays off. That's what you teach your kids. It's amazing. She's just such an inspiration."
Logan Thayne is coming off a dominant junior season, where reached 1,000 career points and put herself in striking distance of eclipsing the program record, held by Meg Barber, during her senior year this winter.
The Great Danes finished this winter at 13-18, picking up a win in the American East tournament, before falling to Maine.
Albany coach Colleen Mullen took over the program in May of 2018 and the hard-working nature of the Great Danes attracted Thayne to choosing them.
"They've done so much rebuilding of their program," Logan Thayne said. "Just what they talk about is a perfect culture for me, so I'm so glad I get to go there."
Ever since she stepped on the basketball court, Logan Thayne was in love with the game. It was in eighth grade where she really knew she had something special and would have a chance to continue playing beyond high school.
New York Havoc AAU Director Terrance Florence came to watch players on Logan's team play and decided to pick her to go play with his invitational team.
"When I got there, he kind of showed me that I could go to college for basketball and that's when it really hit," Logan Thayne said. "I started working hard in the gym all the time and putting all of my effort into that. Now that I accomplished that, it's amazing."
On top of playing for Hoosick Falls, Logan Thayne plays for the NY Havoc, along with another local pair in Cambridge's Phillips twins. She also competes in the Empire State Takeover summer league, which features elite girls basketball talent across the area.
She's been had the chance to travel and play against some of the best up-and-coming players in country. Logan Thayne has more than held her own against those elite players, something her mother noticed traveling on the AAU circuit with her.
"We were in Chicago two years ago and she went up against a player who was supposed to be a top in the country and Logan really did well against her," Maggie Thayne said. "You wouldn't have known this girl was who she was if they didn't tell us."
Logan Thayne won't rest on her laurels though because hard work is in her nature.
Back in the gym she goes, improving daily and preparing for the next challenge.
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