On the soccer field he’s a beast.
On the hardwood, he’s option number four or five at best.
And that’s OK, but for now, Southwestern senior Logan Dykes is the owner of the greatest play in school history for the Warriors on a basketball court.
Of course by now everyone has heard — here, across the state, Kentucky Sports Radio, and yes, even ESPN — they all talked about the Dykes’ steal and score that sent Southwestern to this week’s Boy’s Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament, with a heart-pounding and thrilling, come from behind 48-46 win over Mercer County, in the championship game of the Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament.
Not a bad feat at all for a guy that is option number five on the floor for the Warriors.
“I always know everytime I step out on the basketball court that I have to do all the little things — rebound, set screens, and play defense to help my team get the win — and I’m OK with that,” pointed out Dykes.
“I like just being a role player and be the blue collar guy out there,” added the Southwestern senior. “I’d much rather get a rebound or dish out an assist any day, just as long as we get the win.”
Win is exactly what Southwestern did last week, winning its second 12th Regional Tournament championship in school history.
And, Dykes was the guy that shined the brightest at crunch time, again, making what most believe as the biggest play on the hardwood in the history of the Southwestern basketball program.
However, all has not been a bed of roses in this the senior year for Dykes.
Dykes finished his soccer career at Southwestern last fall, and he finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 54 career goals.
In soccer, Dykes was the guy for Southwestern and was the heart and soul for the Warriors.
Just how important was he for the Warriors on the soccer field?
Well, here’s what Southwestern head soccer coach Sean McBride said about his star player after the 2017 season.
“Logan has been one of the best players in the region for the past three seasons,” said McBride.
“I’ve never had a more physical player,” McBride added. “Logan always played with such grit.”
Dykes however missed almost half of his senior season on the soccer field with a broken foot injury.
That injury carried over into this basketball season, as he missed a ton of time during preseason practice, trying to recuperate that injury.
Then, he suffered a freak injury in an accident at home after he began playing this year, getting a huge splinter stuck in his foot that had to be removed at UK.
So, at times this year, it has been very painful for Dykes — literally — but he’s feeling no pain today, as his name will go down in the record books forever with the play he made last week to send his team to Rupp Arena as a 12th Regional champion.
“My phone has blown up over the past two days, as well as my Twitter and Instagram accounts,” stated the soft-spoken Dykes with a smile across his face.
“I’ve gotten 50 new followers on Instagram since the Mercer game,” Dykes added. “It’s been crazy, and it still doesn’t seem real. It’s really unbelievable.”
Yes it is. Dykes is a prime example that dreams really do come true.
Of all guys to make ‘The Play’ to send Southwestern to a state tournament, I’m not sure if Logan Dykes would have been in the top three or four. And the neat thing about the previous statement, Logan Dykes is OK with that. That’s what a class act this kid is.
Logan Dykes has always shown he’s a gutsy kid, and a kid that just wants to win — forget about all the personal stats and headlines and things like that. He just wants to help his team win in any way that he can.
Logan Dykes is simply a winner.
And on Tuesday night, thanks to the greatest play of all time, he made all of his teammates winners as well.
Not bad at all, for option number five.