Samuels Shining at Nike

INDIANAPOLIS --- Despite a slight set back, Samardo Samuels made his way to Nike All-American Camp and he's played up to his ranking. The 6-8, 240-pound rising junior post player shined with a number of coaches looking on.

During Friday's night session, for example, Samuels matched up against Kosta Koufos, A.J. Stewart and Keenan Ellis, with North Carolina assistant coach Steve Robinson looking on.

The St. Benedict Prep (N.J.) product used his wide body well and patrolled the paint grabbing rebounds. His strength seems to be unmatched by most guys his age and if he gets it near the basket expect him to throw it down. While Samuels didn't have a career game, he certainly showed the coaches that he's one of the best big men in the class of 2008.

Samuels said Duke, North Carolina, Connecticut, Miami, St. Johns and Louisville are the ones recruiting him the hardest. He also said that he's starting to get more into the recruiting process and he's evaluating the schools recruiting him.

"It's going good so far," Samuels said. "I'm trying to get my schools down and start to get serious and start looking at the college I really want to go to."

With most high profile recruits there is always one aspect in particular that will factor into the decision the most. And with Samuels player/coach relationship is number one on the list.

"I'm looking for a good player coach relationship. I want to go on my visits and it depends on how the players react and how the coaches get along with their players and so forth."

North Carolina and Duke appear to have an early edge in Samuels' recruitment.

"For me North Carolina and Duke are the top schools. Because of Lance Thomas [Duke] got to see a lot of my games and North Carolina has been showing a lot of interest, too."

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