Report: UConn Lands Another New York Guard: Terrence Samuel [Coast2Coast]

by Categorized: Kemba Walker, UConn men's basketball

The Huskies have their second commitment from the Class of 2013. Terrence Samuel, a 6-foot-3 guard from South Shore High in Brooklyn gave UConn a verbal commit on Sunday, first reported by Coast2Coast Hoops. on Sunday night.

Samuel visited UConn on Aug. 24, after rescheduling his original unofficial visit. He is considered a solid, fundamentally sound player, who figures to fit in quite well with what UConn likes to do. UConn was also very interested in point guard Wes Clark from Michigan, who also made an unofficial visit this month. Clark committed to Missouri this week, so UConn’s focus probably doubled down on getting Samuel quickly to shore up that position.

Earlier this summer, UConn got big man Kentan Facey from Long Island Lutheran, who has played AAU ball with Samuel. And Samuel will also follow in the line of  New York guards coming to Storrs, includingt Taliek Brown, Kemba Walker and Omar Calhoun.

 UConn will have more scholarship room for 2013-14, so the Huskies are far from done. But having two in hand ( at least verbally) figures to ease any recruiting pessimism before Jim Calhoun’s future is resolved. No one from the school is allowed, by NCAA rules, to comment on recruits until a letter of intent is signed.


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4 thoughts on “Report: UConn Lands Another New York Guard: Terrence Samuel [Coast2Coast]

  1. BearJWS

    Hmmmm, what I’ve read about him is not overly promising. He’s a big PG, but not highly rated. Maybe athletic some, but maybe way behind on the development chart. And UConn doesn’t really need another PG with Boatright & Napier back by the time Samuel is a Freshman. He’s sounding like a Donnell Beverly type of player. UConn really needs a Center though… and a potential SF & back up SG. Calhoun just needs to say he’s coming back & top recruits will be more committed to UConn.

  2. TZToronto

    The “below-the-radar” guys often fit in better to JC’s system than do the super-hyped players. JC may also be thinking in terms of what he leaves in place for his successor. He’d probably rather leave a solid, experienced team for Ollie (or whoever) to take over than a team with empty spaces caused by numerous NBA departures. Granted, we’d all like to see a UConn team with high-profile players who are capable of playing competitively against UNC, KY, Duke, Indiana and the other name programs, but that is counterproductive if the next generation of UConn teams has to rebuild from scratch.


    Samuel will be a craig austrie type of player. solid ball handler and on defense. uconn needs a point guard to be a point guard. and last time i checked uconn has performed pretty well against the likes of UK, Duke, etc. JC drafts players mainly for the future. Terrence samuels will be fine.

  4. Paul

    It is hard to project. Roscoe was far more touted than Lamb and we all witnessed the softness of 5-star Drummond.
    In all events, he has some talent and will be given the opportunity to compete. Work ethic is huge as well. When i was at UNC, Vince Carter was in the gym 365 days per year shooting. I’m sure Ray Allen was the same. Larry Bird has shot the basketball every day of his life since he was five (maybe four). Others – Kwame Brown – just want to get paid. You can’t coach that kind of inner drive and it is hard to measure in a 16 or 17-year old.
    What we need (for Ollie or Shaka Smart or whomever) is to for the Governor to stop giving money to Hedge Fund Billionaires and fortune 500 companies that are already in the state and instead lead an effort to revamp and upgrade the XL center. New practice facility and upgraded XL center is essential to recruiting in post-JC era.

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