There’s a proud tradition of big men coming through Cincinnati Moeller that stretches from the likes of Bobby Brannen to 2019 first-round NBA draft pick Jaxson Hayes.
Now the latest in line to join the list is Logan Duncomb, a rare sophomore starter for the Crusaders last season who holds scholarship offers from nearly the entire Big Ten. After helping Moeller to a state championship, the 6-foot-9, 225-pound center is in line for a bigger role and greater attention this year.
Blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University! @ChrisHoltmann @ryanpedon @OhioStateHoops #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/BVpmdxQyHH
— Logan Duncomb (@LoganDuncomb) June 7, 2019
It’s a greater spotlight Moeller coach Carl Kremer said Duncomb is ready to step into after having just turned 16 in May.
“He’s still going to grow and he’s working on his perimeter game and his ability to shoot it and pass it, but he can do those things,” Kremer told The Dispatch. “His role for us next year will be a lot different. We’ll put a lot more on him next year and I think he’s ready, too.”
Duncomb played freshman basketball for Moeller but was moved up to the varsity for the team’s tournament run in a spectator role. It was during the ensuing summer that the coaching staff quickly realized that not only would he be playing varsity as a sophomore but that he’d probably start for the Crusaders.
Throughout the year, he split time with fellow sophomore Alex Williams. The two ended up being Moeller’s third- and fourth-leading scorers, Kremer said, helping the Crusaders to a 29-0 record and their second consecutive state title.
As a sophomore, Duncomb averaged 7.7 points and 4.1 rebounds while leading his conference in blocks per game (1.1) and shooting percentage (64.8 percent), according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. He is unranked in the 247Sports.com composite database, but he is the No. 6 recruit in Ohio, the No. 14 center in the nation, the No. 112 overall prospect and a three-star recruit in 247Sports’ own rankings for the class of 2021.
He’s also among the top 10 kids in his class academically.
“He just has a great feel for the game,” Kremer said. “He’s naturally a tough kid. He has no back-down to him. He’s not afraid of many things. He’s a naturally physical kid. He may look skinny to some people, but he’s very strong and plays strong.”
It has helped bring most of the Big Ten calling. Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Xavier and Cincinnati have offered and multiple other Big Ten schools have shown interest. Duncomb landed his Ohio State scholarship offer while Moeller took part in the Buckeyes team camp in early June. Kremer said Duncomb’s wingspan measured at 7-3 while at Ohio State.
That Ohio State offer meant a lot to Duncomb, Kremer said, but he also has ties to other states within the conference’s footprint.
“Logan is not an Ohio native,” the coach said. “They moved down here around his seventh-grade year and they were living in Chicago at the time but he actually grew up in Iowa and has a lot of family in Iowa so he was really excited when (Iowa coach) Fran McCaffery made the offer. I’ve known Fran for a long time.
“He’s certainly very excited about Ohio State but he’s not an Ohio native like a kid who maybe grew up rooting for Ohio State forever, but he understands what a great school that is and what a great coach (Ohio State coach Chris) Holtmann is and (assistant coach Ryan) Pedon. He’s very tuned into that.”