After PonyStampede.com broke the news that Bartow Senior high school (FL) product Jeremiah Samarrippas was visiting the Hilltop this weekend, rumors started to swirl that the Florida 5A player of the year had committed.
On Sunday, PonyStampede.com was able to confirm the rumors, talking with Samarrippas after he arrived back home from his official visit.
"The coaching staff did a really good job recruiting me. They made me feel really like I was at home," stated the 2010 commitment. "They were really nice. Coach Doherty really knows how to recruit and he has a great background. He knows a lot of people. I felt like home when I talked with the players, so it felt like a perfect fit."
At 5'10, 173 pounds, Samarrippas was 3rd in Mr. Florida basketball voting this season. The senior averaged 12.3 points and 7.3 assists a game, pulling down 3.3 rebounds in the process.
"I'm a pass first point guard, I can score when I need to, but would rather get the rest of my guys involved. In the state title game, I had 24 points, my team wasn't scoring and I took it upon myself to make things happen," said Samarrippas. "SMU doesn't have a true point guard, so I think that I can come in and help everyone get involved. I can score if I have to, but with Paul McCoy and and Papa, I think I can help them."
"They all wanted to see me workout and stuff. Coach Doherty came and watched me personally. It showed he really wanted me," said the senior. "With Derek leaving, I think I can come in and start right away. He did a great job last year and played 39 minutes a game. That is 39 minutes a game that is open right now. I'm a true point, and feel that I could bring the ball up. Everyone else is somewhat of a two guard."
Samarrippas is academically qualified and plans to be in Texas this summer.