Chris Logsdon admits there are disadvantages to playing for his father, Kevin, on the Hilliard Davidson High School boys basketball team.

Chris Logsdon admits there are disadvantages to playing for his father, Kevin, on the Hilliard Davidson High School boys basketball team.

The senior guard puts pressure on himself to set a good example for his teammates, and he's heard suggestions that he's only a key member of the team because he's favored by his father.

But Logsdon said playing for his father has been the best experience of his life.

"When you're the coach's son, you're always going to have people who hold you to a higher standard and people who say the only reason you're playing is because your dad is the coach. But I've learned that the only thing that matters is that I prove myself to my coaches and teammates," Logsdon said. "I've always had a good relationship with my dad, but it's grown so much over the past four years, and some of my greatest memories have been playing basketball and learning the Xs and Os of the game with him. It's been a special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Kevin Logsdon said he tries to treat his son the same as other players, but acknowledged that spending extra time with Chris has been gratifying.

"Before Chris started playing for me, we made an agreement that we'd get after it in practice, but we wouldn't bring it home," said Kevin, who is in his 10th season coaching at Davidson. "Overall, he's been easy to coach because he takes the game serious and he's always been more concerned with winning games than his own statistics."

Chris began attending his father's practices and sitting on the bench during games when he was 4 years old and his father was coaching at Bellville Clear Fork.

Kevin coached there from 1992-2002, guiding the Colts to the Division III state title in 2002.

"Growing up on my dad's bench was a lot of fun because I got to know the older guys that played for him at Clear Fork and Davidson, and I've formed good friendships with a lot of those guys," Chris said. "I've always loved basketball, and one advantage of having my dad as a coach is that I've been able to watch a lot of practices, meet a lot of good coaches and watch what they're doing. All of that has helped me build a foundation of knowledge about the game."

While Chris immediately fell in love with basketball, his younger brother, Zach Logsdon, never cared much for competitive sports.

Zach, a sophomore at Davidson, is a history buff who plays in the marching and pep bands.

"While Chris can't get enough of basketball, Zach was never very interested," said Kevin, who teaches history at Davidson. "When we played in the state championship game at Clear Fork, Zach didn't want to go to the game because he wanted to stay at the hotel and swim in the pool. But he shares my interest in history, so I'm fortunate to have something in common with each of my sons."

Chris played junior varsity as a freshman, before starting all but three games and averaging 5.3 points the following season.

As a junior, he averaged 9.8 points and was second-team all-OCC-Central Division and honorable mention all-district.

"Chris has watched a lot of basketball and he has always been a student of the game," Kevin said. "He plays smart and doesn't force things or take a lot of bad shots. He makes suggestions for what kind of offense or defense we should run because he sees the floor so well, and there are times when we've went with what he's suggested and it's worked."

Chris' junior season ended on a sour note, as he shot 1-for-9 from the floor and scored three points in a 50-45 loss to Olentangy Orange in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

"That was one of the worst games of my career and I felt sick to my stomach for a month afterwards," Chris said. "But I used it as motivation to work harder to get better in the offseason."

As a senior, Chris was averaging 10.1 points through nine games. He scored a career-high 20 points in a 61-44 victory Dec. 29 over Hilliard Bradley.

In a 52-48 win Jan. 13 at Hilliard Darby, he scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half and had five assists in the second half.

"I've worked hard to improve my ball-handling so that I feel comfortable when opponents get up and crowd me," Chris said. "I've improved my footwork and lateral speed, too, which has helped my defense."

Chris said basketball also has served as a coping mechanism as the Logsdon family has dealt with serious health issues.

In April 2010, Kevin's father, Jerry, was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disorder that causes problems with control of gait and balance, along with complex eye movement and thinking problems. Jerry Logsdon, who had attended nearly all of the games that Kevin coached or played in for 33 years, now lives in an assisted-living facility in Delaware, Ohio.

In July 2011, Chris' mother, Kate Logsdon, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"It hurts to watch my mom and grandpa go through everything, and basketball has been an escape for me because when I'm on the court, I don't worry about the issues we've had at home," Chris said. "Seeing my mom fighting for her life has also taught me that basketball isn't the most important thing in the world."

Chris said his teammates have helped his family get through the tough times.

"Our team is like one big family and (senior teammates) Brandon Gleim and Davonte Peterson's moms are like my second mom," Chris said.

Chris is being recruited by several Division III colleges and he's leaning toward Wooster, where his father played basketball from 1984-87 and met his mother. Chris plans to earn a master's degree in education and follow his father by teaching and coaching basketball.

"I want to coach basketball someday because I love the game and I want to help other kids have a great experience with the sport the same way I have," he said.