I think he should be in 2009 Mock.
I agree, put in sam sam. hey baby show me your mock.
Samuels looks like a 4 year guy and a borderline first rounder after 4 years. He's got no size or quickness... Good college player but similar to Ike Diogu small PF, and not even as quick as Ike...
The potential is definitely there for Samuels this year, but I think he'd be making a mistake to come out this year. If you're going to be a PF on the next level, you need to prove you can get more than 5 RPG on the college level. Not to sound like a hater, but Louisville is still about a month away until they play the legit teams on their schedule. I'd like to see how Samuels does against the better teams of the Big East and in the tournament before we jump to the conclusion that he should jump to the draft. If he improves those rebounding numbers and plays well against tough competition, he could be a top-5 pick next year.
If he has the opportunity it would be tough not to leave especially if he continues his production and Louisville goes far in the tournament his draft stock will rise like Lebron on fast break. http://www.courier-journal.com/blogs/demling/labels/Samardo%20Samuels.html, but this article states he wants to stay all four years to get a college education.
Diogu is a pretty apt comparison. Samardo has good footwork and can be fairly crafty around the basket, but seems to fall into a category SO many elite PF/C recruits fall into: undersized, high-intensity guys who, because of their ability to outmuscle/ overpower high school competition, are subsequently ranked Top 10 in their class and over-hyped. Then in college they become very prolific scorers/ rebounders...but once they hit the pros they don't possess the length, explosiveness or quickness to make a significant contribution. When facing elite competition in high school, Samardo would get often blocked by lengthier, more athletic players. Unless he hits the weights/ gym hard and drastically improves his quickness and explosiveness -- not to mention his mid-range game and passing -- I have a hard time projecting him as a lottery pick whenever he decides to declare himself. It's also essential to note that Samardo was highly ranked in a very weak ‘08 class. Had he been an ‘06, ‘07 or even ‘09 player, he would've been rated much, much lower.
I see him being a 2 or 3 year guy. He needs to play/get stronger around the rim. Against Ole Mill he was 1-12 shooting at one point in the game (I never looked at the box score after the games ended) and most of the shoots were layup and put backs.
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I'm a fellow Jamaican and I would love to root for my people to be successful in life, but Samardo Samuels is going to be a bust the day he steps on an NBA floor. I see him as Lonny Baxter part 2. I think college's basketball least heralded Jamaican, Tulsa's Jerome Jordan will be a better NBA prospect.