Louisville 'best fit' for Samardo Samuels

Samardo Samuels, the nation's top-rated center, surprised many with his decision to commit to Louisville on Friday. InsideTheVille.com spoke with Karriem Mimminger, Samuels' AAU coach, for more on this breaking news decision.

As Scout.com's Evan Daniels first reported, University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino received some great news on Friday evening when Samardo Samuels, the nation's top-rated center, called to commit to the Cardinal program.

"He definitely committed to Louisville today," Karriem Mimminger, Samuels' AAU coach, told Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com on Tuesday evening. "He just got off the phone with Coach Pitino and he's now in the process of calling the other coaches to let them know."

The Newark (NJ) St. Benedict product spent this past weekend visiting the Cardinal program.

"Before his visit to Louisville, they were like number five or six on his list," Mimminger said.

"He really liked Coach Pitino and he got some great feedback from all of the players, even Derrick Caracter," Mimminger said. "Steve Masiello did an excellent job recruiting him and he loves the idea of playing in the Big East Conference and being able to come home to play."

Due to Samuels feeling strongly about each school that he visited, Mimminger and his guardian Steve Johnson, both recommended that he take a few days to think things over before extending his verbal pledge.

"Louisville is where his heart is," Mimminger said. "This is what he wanted to do. Louisville was just the best fit and the best situation for him."

"He really liked what Coach Pitino had to say," Mimminger said. "When he came out of his meeting with him he knew that he could trust everything that he told him."

With his college decision now behind him, Samuels will turn his focus to participating in the NBPA Camp, Nike's positional camp and the LeBron James Skill Academy, as well as working to get his close friend and Scout.com five-star guard Tyreke Evans to become a Cardinal.

"He called Tyreke himself when he got home from his Louisville visit," Mimminger said. "His brother Reggie and I are close friends, so hopefully we can get Tyreke to join Samardo at Louisville."

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