2017 Intro: Jermaine Samuels

Class of 2017 wing Jermaine Samuels is emerging as one of the better prospects in New England.

The class of 2017 is still very early, but one player in New England already building some buzz is Jermaine Samuels. The Weston (Mass.) Rivers School product has flashed some big time potential on the court this season already, and college coaches are beginning to take notice.

At 6-foot-5 with very good athleticism and developing skills, Samuels is someone who has been on the radar from the very beginning, and he feels he is starting off his high school career the right way.

"The season has started off great," said Samuels. "I am starting to get a hang of the physicality of high school ball. It is so different than AAU. Overall I think I have been playing well."

He continued, "Mainly I have been working on my defense because I know that is what really counts in high school basketball."

While he is working to be a more complete player, Samuels says he knows what his strength is and is still focused on that.

"I feel the strength of my game is attacking the basket off the dribble," noted Samuels. "I have been working on my outside shot and my pull up, so I can now hit threes as well as finish around the basket."

Recruiting wise things are clearly very early for Samuels, but already he has noticed several coaches at his games, and he has had a chance to visit some schools as well.

"Boston College, Harvard, and Connecticut have been by to see me this year," said Samuels. "Also I have seen Harvard, Providence, Boston College, Connecticut, and Dartmouth."

For Samuels getting this early recruiting attention is special, but he knows that he has to stay focused and continue to improve.

"It's pretty humbling but I know I can't pay attention to it since I am a freshman and I have so much to work on," said Samuels.

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