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Get to know Mills Godwin HS multi-sport athlete Logan Rhoades

Get to know Mills Godwin HS multi-sport athlete Logan Rhoades
Credit: Lourdes Stone

RICHMOND, Va. — On the football field, Mills Godwin received a shot in the arm when wide receiver Logan Rhoades was moved to quarterback. The senior, back in an Eagles football uniform after a year at Blue Ridge School, helped lead his team on a four-game winning streak to end the regular season and an appearance in the region playoffs. As the calendar turns to basketball season, Rhoades – the son of VCU men’s head basketball coach Mike Rhoades – has the chance to provide the same sort of spark on the hardwood.

Credit: Lourdes Stone

The return to the Mills Godwin basketball court has been a long time coming for Rhoades, who carved out a niche as a sharpshooter while starting on the varsity as a freshman. After his successful first year, his sophomore campaign was taken away when winter sports were canceled due to COVID. With the uncertainty surrounding in-person learning last year, Rhoades transferred to Blue Ridge, where he continued his athletic career. Now a senior, the guard is back where it all began, playing with the group of friends he grew up with.

“I transferred back this year and I’m excited to be back with my old buddies. It’s going to be a fun season,” Logan said.

While his shot is still one of his strengths, the Eagles are getting a much more complete player in Rhoades than he was three seasons ago.

“I’ve got my ball handle up a lot. I’m a lot stronger and faster,” he said. “I’m able to push the ball up the court and be a point guard, and honestly be a better leader. I’ve gained a lot more confidence in my game and myself to take on roles like that.”

“Logan is a fantastic shooter but can do so many other things for us as well,” added Mills Godwin head coach Jake Oliver. “We can play him anywhere on the court and more importantly he can defend multiple positions. He has a great understanding of the game and the things it takes for not only himself to be successful, but the team as well.”

Both father and son point to the year spent at Blue Ridge, a private boys boarding school located about 35 minutes northwest of Charlottesville, as a driving force in the maturity of Logan as a person and as a basketball player. The school boasts a traditionally strong basketball program that has won the last four VISAA Division II titles. Logan said he spent a lot of time trying to do work on his own when nobody was watching.

“When you go away on your own at any age, your level of self-responsibility heightens. We saw more maturity from him – just a whole different level. [Logan] really handled his academics and I just saw a kid maturing,” Mike said. “He didn’t like being up in the mountains and wasn’t much to do socially – but he enjoyed playing for coach [Cade] Lemcke. He learned to find his role and relish his role. He always had leadership qualities, but he took them to another level.”

While his skill is what will help his name stand out in the box score, it’s the leadership skills that he’s developed over the years that Rhoades hopes to bring to his team this season. He looks back at his freshman year and remembers the upperclassmen stressing the importance of every player’s voice being important in the locker room.

“Those seniors on that team, they were leaders, but they made sure to know everyone had a say in the team. That was the best thing about it. That’s what I want to bring this year,” he said.

As for expectations for the year, Rhoades has one goal in mind – to win games.

“I’m looking to win a lot of games this year. We’re going to have a good number of seniors on the team so the leadership will be off the charts,” he said. “We will be undersized, so that’s just going to make us play faster, which I’m fine with. We’re just looking to win games and have fun with it and see how far we can go and get better.”

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