Louisville visit in the works for Samuels

Samardo Samuels has a pretty firm grip on his list of college favorites. He's taken visits to all of his favorite schools – all except one - Louisville. That's why the talented New Jersey forward is working to set up a visit to see Rick Pitino's program in the near future.

Samardo Samuels has a pretty firm grip on his list of college favorites. He's taken visits to all of his favorite schools – all except one - Louisville. That's why the talented New Jersey forward is working to set up a visit to see Rick Pitino's program in the near future.

One of the Top 5 prospects in America, and one of Pitino's top target's in the Class of 2008, Samuels has already made visits to North Carolina, Florida, UConn and Georgetown. Next up: Louisville.

While Samuels is currently working to set up a trip to the Louisville this spring, there's no set date at present. Over the weekend at the Pitt Jamfest, Samuels said the visit would likely occur sometime next month or in June. Basically, he's trying to fit the visit into a hectic spring AAU schedule.

"Hopefully I'll get down there pretty soon," Samuels said. "I've talked to the coach lately. Maybe when I get some free time. That's the only school on my list that I haven't been to yet."


Louisville visit next for
Samardo Samuels

Samuels seems to have a pretty good handle on this list heading into the important summer months.

"I have it down to five," Samuels said of Georgetown, North Carolina, Louisville, UConn and Florida.

Now Samuels wants to complete his last unofficial visit, sit back and reflect on what he's seen and begin narrowing his list so that he can make a decision this fall.

How will Samuels narrow his list down?

"It's pretty hard," he said. "I've got to see who they're recruiting and the players that will be there when I come in and see about my playing time."

As for Louisville, Samuels seems intrigued on a number of different fronts.

"They're a good school," Samuels said. "They have a good coach and I like their style of play."

In Pittsburgh, Samuels was a dominant presence. He's making a case with his play this spring for the top spot in the Class of 2008. With Rick Pitino watching Saturday, Samuels went for 25 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots – all that despite battling constant double and triple teams.

Samuels has an impressive arsenal. He's capable of hauling off a defensive rebound and then heading down court with the ball off the dribble. Because of his strength, he draws a lot of fouls around the basket and converts a good percentage from the foul line. In the post, Samuels has the ability to split the double team and finish at the rim – often with powerful dunks.

"I'm kind of getting used to it," Samuels said of playing against packed in defenses like he saw at Jamfest. "Since I came over here I've been getting double teamed so I've just learned how to deal with it and pass out of it. I try to pass it out of there, reset it and get better position."

As for his ultimate college decision, Samuels doesn't appear to be in a major hurry to end the recruiting process.

"I'm not in a rush," Samuels said. "Probably by the start of my high school season next year, but you never know with me. I could make a decision tomorrow."

Which school would he pick if he decided that soon?

"I don't know, that's why I'm not making it tomorrow," Samuels joked.


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