Louisville coaches track Samardo Samuels

LAS VEGAS – Samardo Samuels, the No. 1 rated power forward in the Class of 2008, has drawn heavy attention from the Louisville coaching staff this week at Nike's Main Event. A soft-spoken, but talented post-prospect, Samuels gave InsideTheVille.com's John Curtis a recruiting update.

One thing is certain. If Louisville is going to lose any post players after the 2007-08 season, 6'8, 240 pound Samardo Samuels would be a great replacement.

From all indications, it looks like Rick Pitino and the Cardinals are targeting this very strong and explosive post-player. Samuels has an Elton Brand type of game that makes him a very tough young man to stop in the paint.

In the two games that I have watch at Nike's Main Event, along with assistant coaches from Louisville, Samuels has averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds. Those might not be eye-popping stats to you, but when you consider he's drawing double teams all day and playing on the same team with offensive stars Corey Stokes and Devin Ebanks who are also putting up numbers, it isn't so bad.

InsideTheVille.com caught up with Samuels after one of his games and he gave us a list of Georgetown, Duke, North Carolina, St. Johns, Rutgers, Florida, Miami and definitely Louisville. I talked to Samuels about the Cardinals dipping into the East Coast recently to sign top players, including Derrick Caracter, Earl Clark and Edgar Sosa, and he said that the Cardinals playing in the Big East definitely helps them.

Samuels also indicated that his goal is to keep on improving and becoming the player that he knows that he can be. Samardo is a very soft spoken young man, but don't let the fool you. His game is loud and everyone at the Main Event is hearing his tune.

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