Posted On: 09/9/18 3:48 PM

Big Lake won just 10 games a year ago after getting to the state tournament two years ago. The Hornets could be a darkhorse contender in Section 5AAA this year because they might have the best overall play in Logan Nagorski.

Nagorski, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 17 points, five rebounds and a handful of assists in his junior year and enjoyed a solid summer playing with Comets Elite.

“Summer went well, we had lots of fun, a good group of guys,” Nagorski said. “We meshed well. I still talk to all of them. It was a good summer. We had half of the same guys from the year before and a few new guys who really fit in well so we meshed well.”

Nagorski said the opportunity to play with and against players that are going to be playing beyond high school was beneficial for him as it brings out the best in everybody.

“I thought I had a great summer,” said Nagorski. “It’s definitely a lot different when you are playing high level guys every weekend. It’s a little different than high school. You kind of have to turn it up a bit because the competition isn’t always the same in the high school season.”

Nagorski has the ideal frame to play on the wing at an NAIA or Division II level. He’s gotten stronger physically and improved his ability as a shooter and ball handler over the course of the last two years.

“Consistency shooting the ball is something I’ve really focused on,” Nagorski said. “I’ve put on six to eight pounds this summer. I want to keep improving as a ball handler. Rebounding was something I improved a lot at too.”

Nagorski’s drawn interest from numerous DII and NAIA programs in Minnesota and North Dakota. He’s hoping to have a college choice made in the near future.

“I have offers from University of Mary and Jamestown,” said Nagorski. “I liked both schools. I’ve been talking to Moorhead State and we’re thinking a visit in October. I’d like to make a decision before basketball so I don’t have to worry about it during the season. I have two offers right now. Talked to St. Cloud State a little bit. So we’ll see.”

Once that decision is made, he’ll be able to fully focus on the upcoming winter season. And it should be a good one.

“We have a good group of guys coming back,” said Nagorski. “Four starters, a couple bench guys. When Matt Todd, Calvin [Wishart], [Noah] Slagter; when teams lose scorers like that, it’s hard to make up points from other guys. With me in my third year — I’ll have a chip around my shoulder. I have a good feeling about this year. I’m feeling good with our group back.”