Samuels declares for NBA Draft

Samardo Samuels, Louisville's leading scorer as a sophomore, will enter his name in the NBA Draft, but is leaving the door open to return for his junior season.

Samardo Samuels, Louisville's leading scorer as a sophomore, will enter his name in the NBA Draft, but is leaving the door open to return for his junior season.

Samuels will work out for NBA teams and get feedback on his draft worthiness. By not hiring an agent, Samuels can return to Louisville for his junior season if he withdraws his name from the NBA Draft by May 8.

"After lengthy conversations with Samardo and his family, they would like to have him test the waters with the NBA draft," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "He will not hire an agent and I will orchestrate his NBA visits from my office. I have reviewed the status where Samardo stands at this time and all aspects of the process with his family. I respect his family's wishes to test the waters and support them 100 percent."

Samuels averaged 15.3 points and seven rebounds while leading Louisville to the NCAA Tournament last season.


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