Bruce, Logan lead Natchez High basketball team
Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 31, 2006
NATCHEZ &8212; Natchez High School seniors Jason Bruce and Cameron Logan not only strive to be the best on the basketball court, but also in the classroom.
Currently the senior duo is leading the Bulldogs in scoring, and both have a GPA well above 3.0.
&8220;Both players are very good role models at Natchez High, with an extreme amount of athletic and academic talent,&8221; said Natchez High School assistant principal Cleveland Moore. &8220;They are academically strong students that put forth their maximum effort in the classroom.&8221;
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Bruce and Logan also have gained some notoriety on the basketball court as well. Both were invited and competed in the Mississippi Top 40 Tournament in Jackson. They were selected by coaches and members of the press as each being one of the top 40 basketball players in the state. Participation in the tournament was through invitation only.
At the Natchez High School Hoops classic in November, Bruce was named offensive player of the tournament because of his play at the point guard position, while Logan was named the tournament&8217;s top defensive player.
&8220;Both have great athletic ability.
Jason has quick feet and hands, while Cameron&8217;s strength makes him a tough competitor,&8221; said Natchez head basketball coach Mike Martin.
Besides the basketball court, Bruce and Logan&8217;s athletic talent also extend to other sports, as well. Bruce ran the Bulldog offense as the starting quarterback and was named the Sutton Player of the week, and Logan was the school&8217;s Wendy&8217;s Heisman nominee.
Logan also is a member of the Bulldog baseball team, playing left field, first base and third base.
Both said they play multiple sports because they like to compete.
&8220;For me, I think football is more challenging because it all comes down to inches and yards,&8221; said Bruce. When you are stretching out to pick up a first down, you have somebody coming at you just as fast as you are coming at them.&8221;
Logan said he finds basketball to be more challenging.
&8220;Most guys that play my position (small forward) are bigger or taller, so it is a challenge. I have to use my strength and body to counter.&8221;
Both attribute their families as being a major factor in their success.
Currently neither is sure where they want to continue their education, but both said they have dreams of playing professional sports. Bruce said he could see himself in the NBA or NFL someday, while Logan has aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player.
Martin said he hopes both players can move on to the next level and become good representatives of Natchez.
&8220;I think the best is yet to come from both,&8221; he said.
Moore said Bruce and Logan both exemplify character, hard work and dedication and where those traits can carry a person.
&8220;Natchez High School will be at a loss when they graduate in May,&8221; said Moore.