2008 Big Man Enjoys Rucker Park Experience

Scout.com East Coast recruiting expert Mike Sullivan had an opportunity to recently watch some of the best high school players at the famed Rucker Park in Harlem, New York at the Elite 24 All Star event ...

To be on the same court as the other great players was enough for Samardo Samuels to be happy. But to compete against them on the famed Rucker Park concrete in Harlem added to the enjoyment for the 6-foot-10 forward from St. Benedict's in Newark, New Jersey.

"All the players are great," Samuels said of the teams. "It was a great week to be with them and get to know some of them."

Though Samuels' team lost 141-139, it wasn't the score that was important. "It was good to play against so many great players," he said.

Samardo is considered by many scouting services among the top ten players in the class of 2008. He started his freshman year at Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York. He then transferred to St. Benedict's before last season when he was a sophomore.

"We go back after Labor Day," he said. "I am looking forward to it after the summer."

It was a summer that Samardo played with the Metro Hawks. And it was also a summer that his recruiting really picked up.

At 240 pounds, Samuels can battle you inside. But he is also agile enough to beat you down the court in transition. Each of these aspects has made him an attractive recruit for many high division one programs.

Samardo has already taken a visit to Connecticut and there's been discussion about visiting North Carolina, perhaps for Midnight Madness weekend.

There is also serious interest by Samuels in St. John's, Louisville, Georgetown, Florida, Miami, Syracuse, and Rutgers. "I don't have a leader," Samuels said. "I need to see more of the schools before I can say that."

Samuels scored 10 points in the Rucker Park Boost Mobile All Star game last Friday night. Though he didn't have as many offensive opportunities as did a player like JJ Hickson (34 points), Samuels proved he belonged on the court with the other great players.


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