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Robb Logterman (33) began his high school basketball career at Clinton before transferring to Janesville Craig. He was a four-year starter for Marquette University.

Basketball took Robb Logterman from Clinton to Janesville to Marquette University, which led to a successful business career.

On Sept. 29, Logterman’s basketball exploits will earn him a place in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

“I’m particularly excited to see coach (Bob Suter) again,” Logterman said. “Get together with Jack Hoag, and I hope Pat Miller and others, along with family and friends will be able to attend.

“And (Jim) McIlvaine is being inducted.”

McIlvaine is a Racine native who played alongside, and roomed with, Logterman for four seasons at Marquette. Recruited by then new coach Kevin O’Neill, Logterman, the 7-foot McIlvaine and Damon Key were the foundation of a turnaround of the Golden Eagles’ program at the time.

Logterman scored 1,201 points as a four-year starter, and Marquette advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to Duke his senior season.

Before that, Logterman piled up the points as a shooting guard during a high school career that started at Clinton High and concluded at Janesville Craig High.

Logterman scored 2,095 points in his two years at Clinton and then two years at Craig. During his senior season at Craig, Logterman averaged 28.1 points, shooting 63 percent from the floor and 87.3 percent from the line.

His success on the basketball court has carried over to his business career. He works in sales for Cisco Systems, a global technology company. After living in Hartland for 12 years, Logterman, his wife Jenny (Gruhn)—whom he met at Craig—and their two children, Oliver and Lily, moved to Scottsdale, Arizona about a year and a half ago.

“A little hot in the summer, but it’s nice,” Logterman said.

Oliver is a freshman at the University of Arizona. His sport is golf, not basketball.

Logterman credits his Marquette experience for his profession success.

“It provided me with connections that I probably wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t on the basketball team,” Logterman said. “That certainly opened some doors for me.”

Logterman works out daily at a Scottsdale health club. He only looks at the basketball courts.

“I don’t play often,” the 2008 Janesville Sports Hall of Fame inductee said. “Sometimes it’s tempting to jump into some pickup games. But my mind is operating at a different level than my body.

“I probably look more than an accountant than a basketball player.”

That might be somewhat true for the now 40-year-old Logterman.

But it certainly wasn’t true 20 years ago. That is why he will be inducted into the WBCA Hall of Fame on Sept. 29.

Tom Miller is a sports writer/page designer for The Gazette.

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