Rose commits to Samford

Matt Rose, a 6-foot-7 forward, is headed to Samford.

Matt Rose, a 2015 recruit out of Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy, made his college choice on Friday.

Rose committed to Samford over interest from a host of schools, including Liberty, Columbia, Army, Appalachian State and Lipscomb. The 6-foot-7 forward cited Samford coach Scott Padgett as the primary reason for picking the Bulldogs

“Not everywhere I can play for somebody that played my position in the NBA,” Rose told “I feel coach Padgett can help me out because he’s been through it all.”

Padgett and assistant Zach Newton conducted an in-home visit with Rose and his family on Tuesday evening, the first night of the Recruiting Period.

“They just opened my eyes on that visit,” he said. “All the pieces came together. I realized that, that’s the greatest place for me. One, it’s a Christian school and two the coach Padgett thing. I could keep going.”

“Another thing is and this is really big is that I feel like Samford is going to be the next Butler and I want to be apart of something like that,” Rose said. “I feel like they are going to be really successful.”

Rose said his relationship with Newton was also key.

“He played a huge role because wherever I’m going I want to have a great relationship with the coaches,” he said. “We are already like brothers. Same with coach Padgett. We are really close.”

Rose averaged 17.7 points and 7.2 rebounds a game as a junior at LCA.

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