"It's tough sometimes," Echenique said. "When we play together we play good, but sometimes we have a little trouble posting up in the same place. We really have to talk a lot. When we play together we are really good."
At the Neutral Zone Hoops Showcase this past weekend the two were a heck of a duo. While Samuels was the games leading scorer and rebounder with 26 points and 15 boards, Echenique had a solid game and finished with 9 points and 8 boards in the win over Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton.
"I didn't think I played that good," the junior standout said. "I was trying hard, but it's almost the end of the season and we are tired, but I did my best. I just need to play better. I just need to keep working hard and get ready for next game."
Echenique, a native of Venezuela, checked in at No. 37 overall in the latest 2009 rankings. He's got a great set of hands, is strong inside and continues to develop his offensive moves.
"I think I'm having a good season," Echenique, who said. "I think I've grown as a player. My rebounding is better, my offense is better and I got stronger."
Throughout the season Echenique has had college coaches swinging by St. Benedict to show their interest. Among the scholarship offers he's picked up are from Duke, Memphis, Maryland, Rutgers, Miami and Penn.
"I have a lot of offers," he said. "Sometimes it's a little too much and it gets annoying, but it's going good. I don't know where I'm going next weekend, but I'm going to try and make it to a basketball game. I might go watch Maryland or maybe Miami, I'm not sure. I'm just trying to go to a game next weekend."
"I'm still trying to figure [recruiting] out," he continued. "That's why I want to take a couple of visits. Our season is done next week and I'm just going to try and see as many schools as I can."
While majority of the top basketball prospects will play AAU this summer, Echenique is set to play for the Venezuela national team. He will, however, participate in Nike's summer camp circuit.