Scout.com’s No. 72 ranked high school junior Kevin Samuel has committed to TCU.
The 6-10 center out of Houston St. Thomas Episcopal (TX) opened eyes with his dominant showing at June’s Pangos All-American Camp, swatting shots and terrorizing the rim with vicious power dunks.
“I think he liked [TCU’s] staff [and] the opportunity to come in and make a difference in the program right away,” Samuel’s AAU Dream Team coach Orin Bailey told Scout. “I think they are trending up.”
“They have a great resume of getting guys to the next level,” added Bailey. “I think he just thought they meshed and it was [a] good fit.”
At TCU, Samuel will join fellow 2017 recruits, ESPN No. 40 PG R.J. Nembhard and Montverde Academy’s Kouat Noi.
Samuel was especially impressed with Horned Frogs head coach Jamie Dixon.
“Coach Dixon has a reputation for doing things with bigs and that helped,” Coach Bailey told Rivals.com. “He’s won big everywhere he’s been and they made him a priority.”
TCU is getting a strong defensive center in Samuel.
“He’s got good size and length and outstanding feel as a shot blocker,” reads Scout.com’s analysis. “He uses his long arms, athleticism and timing to consistently protect the rim. He’s got wide shoulders and will be a big, strong rim protector at the next level.”
TCU beat out the likes of Texas A&M, USC, Houston, Tulane, and Arkansas to land Samuel.
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