Samardo helps McDonald's team to 107-102 win

6-foot-9 University of Louisville signee Samardo Samuels helped lead the East to a 107-102 win over the West team in the McDonald's All-American game Wednesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

6-foot-9 University of Louisville signee Samardo Samuels helped lead the East to a 107-102 win over the West team in the McDonald's All-American game Wednesday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Samardo Samuels (Dave Telep)

Samuels, the No. 2-rated prospect in the nation, started the game off with a rim-rattling, back board moving slam dunk. Samuels finished the game with 8 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. He made 3 of 8 shots and was 2 of 2 from the foul line.

"It was a great experience," Samuels told Dave Telep. "I came out here and played with some good guys. I'm satisfied. I got to come out here and play with the best. What more could I ask for?"

In typical all-star game fashion, the McDonald's All-American game was heavily influenced by the play of the guards. Tyreke Evans took 15 shots and ended up with Most Valuable Player honors for the game.

While the guards were scoring their points, guys like Samuels didn't get a whole lot of quality touches around the rim.

"Yeah, it was hard for me today but it was all fun," Samuels said. "I showed what I can do and it boosts my confidence and it makes me want to work harder."

Samuels will also play in the Jordan Brand All-Star Classic and was invited this week to participate for the World Select team in the Hoop Summit.

In the meanwhile, Samuels will be watching his future team in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals play Tennessee Thursday night in the East Region semifinals and Samuels has faith that Louisville will come through with a win against the Vols.

"I think they're going to win and go all the way," Samuels said.


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