Dolan embraces leadership role for young Tigers
No matter the season, Logan Dolan can’t get enough basketball.
He launched 1,000 shots a day during the summer. He plays 30 of 36 minutes each night the Tigers take to the court this winter. And, he’s a fan, attending each one of his younger sister’s games.
Though this older brother is loyal to his little sister, Kiersten Hines, who is Dolan’s equivalent of the spot-up three-point sharp shooter for the Broken Arrow Lady Tigers, maintains that it is her game that Peyton Dolan admires most.
Logan laughs at such talk.
“It is definitely me she looks up to,” Dolan said with a grin. “Kiersten gets mad when I say that, but Peyton is at every single one of my games supporting me and cheering me on and I go to all of her games.”
Growing up, basketball was a family tradition for the Dolans. Sean, Logan’s father, has coached Logan, his older brother and sister.
“My dad taught me how to play basketball,” Logan said. “He was my coach till seventh grade. Since then he has been to every game.”
Now, as one of only three seniors, and the only returning player from last year’s Class 6A State Semifinal team, Dolan has taken on more of a leadership role.
“We ask him to help explain things and concepts and the "why" to what we do,” said Beau Wallace, Tiger head basketball coach. “The players have grown more than they realize because Logan has been here to show the way things have to be done.”
Dolan, the player Wallace declares is “one that we have to rely on for a lot of things,” understands his responsibilities as the most experienced member of a team comprised mostly of sophomores.
“I just want to be a leader, trying to get them to see the bigger picture,” he said. “I want them to realize that you don’t always have to start out great, but we have to finish strong.
“We’re working every day, and we’re learning, but we are preparing to make that run to the tournament and make it to state.”
Dolan, a Tulsa World Mr. Outside nominee, is the team’s only double-digit scorer (15.3 ppg), so it’s no wonder Wallace leaves him on the court for heavy minutes. He’s shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc, but the 6’4” senior is no longer just a long-distance threat.
“I felt as if I’ve always had the floater,” he said. “I just now started to need to use it. I needed to find a way to get off shots as guys started guarding me tighter this year”.
With just a two more regular season home games remaining – Tuesday vs. Bixby and Feb. 15 vs. Jenks, Dolan’s senior year is drawing to a close. But he’s not given much thought as to where he will continue his playing career.
“I’m not looking for signing till the end of the school year so I’m just waiting it out,” he said. “I’ve been talking to D2 schools more than D1 schools.”
Basketball’s spring signing day is April 17. The season will be over, but rest assured, you’ll find Logan Dolan taking shots in a gym somewhere. Or, possibly watching his sister play. He just loves basketball.