A big sophomore season on the floor propelled Samuel into the spotlight within the basketball community in the Big Apple, and it is due to the big improvement that his team showed.
"I played pretty well and the year went better than last year," said Samuel. "Last year we were 3-14, and this year we went 8-6 and just did a lot better."
A big reason for the improved play of his team was due to the strides that Samuel made in his game becoming more of a threat on offense.
"I think I have improved on my jump shot," said Samuel. "Also I am working to be a much better defender."
When it comes to his recruitment, two schools have begun to emerge from the pack as leaders.
"I have been hearing from a lot of teams, but the two that standout are Villanova and Cincinnati," said Samuel. "They both have come to my high school games, but I am also hearing from a lot of other Big East and ACC schools."
About the Wildcats, he said, "They invited me to watch a couple of games, and they have been talking to my coach."
With Cincinnati, it was a visit from head coach Mick Cronin that really impressed Samuel.
"The head coach came to my gym to watch me workout, and that shows me a lot," said Samuel.
At the moment Samuel says that he isn't all that close to make a decision, and doesn't know of any potential visits, but when the time does come to decide he knows what will be important in a school.
"I am just looking for a place that will be like a second home where I can play right away and earn some quality minutes," noted Samuel.