Tag:Samardo Samuels
Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:06 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2010 10:10 pm

Samuels, Bradley, Ebanks staying in draft

Louisville sophomore Samardo Samuels will hire an agent and remain in the NBA Draft, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

The news was first reported by ESPN.com's Pat Forde.

Samuels will be selected in the second round, at best.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this season.

In related news, West Virginia's Devin Ebanks and Texas' Avery Bradley have decided to hire agents and remain in the draft, as expected. Both are likely first-round picks. Ebanks, a sophomore forward, averaged 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds this season. Bradley, a freshman guard, averaged 11.6 points this season.
Posted on: December 16, 2008 2:14 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2008 3:49 pm

Dear Gary (on re-ranking the top freshmen)

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: So now that you've admitted your impact freshmen list was a little off, how would you rework it based on the early season? Has Greg Monroe begun to make good on his elite prospect status?

-- Geraud

You know, I think I'm a Greg Monroe fan. He's not Michael Beasley or Kevin Durant or anything like that, but I've seen him three or four times this season, and he's pretty damn impressive. Plus, he just looks like an NBA player, perhaps more so than any other freshman. So while I stand by my comment that he's never blown me away like a typical top prospect usually does, I freely admit that I think more of him than I thought I would, because he's definitely one of the top freshmen in America.

As for re-ranking the freshmen, my new top five would probably look like this:

1. Samardo Samuels (Louisville)
2. Greg Monroe (Georgetown)
3. Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest)
4. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
5. Willie Warren (Oklahoma)

Two other guys worth watching, for different reasons are Arkansas' Courtney Fortson and Xavier's Terrell Holloway.

Why Fortson?

Because he's averaging 15.4 points, 6.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds for the 6-1 Hogs, though it remains to be seen how much of those statistics are just a byproduct of Arkansas not having many good options and/or Arkansas playing a weak non-league schedule.

Why Holloway?

Because I'm a big fan of freshmen who contribute for good teams, and Holloway is contributing for a top 10 team. His statistics (6.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game) don't jump off the page. But he's an important part of a likely league champion, and I tend to find that more impressive than a freshmen on a bad team posting huge numbers.

Posted on: October 11, 2008 8:03 pm

Louisville lands elite prospect from California

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As proof that recruiting news can come at anytime, a source has confirmed to CBSSports.com that Louisville earned a commitment from Class of 2010 star Jeremy Tyler on Saturday.

The 6-foot-9 center from San Diego is rated as one of the nation's top 10 juniors by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. What his commitment means is that the Cardinals should be set up front for the foreseeable future provided freshman Samardo Samuels stays at least through his sophomore season. That's possible, I guess. But it will ultimately depend on how Louisville's season progresses and what kind of contribution is provided by Samuels, who is the best incoming freshman in the country, according to Scout.com.

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