A few things have moved in the last week on the local recruiting front. Yes, basketball season has long been over for most players, but a few continue to raise their profiles in the eyes of recruiters.
Khalid Samuels, Mount Vernon, 5-10, PG: As you already know, Samuels shined in the postseason and helped guide Mount Vernon to its first Federation championship in five years. He performed well head-to-head against some of the top players in the state, most notably Half Hollow Hills West’s Tavon Sledge (Iowa State) and Christ the King’s Corey Edwards (George Mason).
Samuels’ play against Edward was particularly noteworthy. He scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and overtime of the Federation final. There were more than a dozen college coaches in attendance, and it clearly help spread the word about Samuels.
Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino told me Wednesday night that Samuels has earned interest from Division II Southern New Hampshire but also from a pair of Division I programs in Monmouth and St. Bonaventure. None of the schools have offered yet, but Cimmino expects Samuels to receive scholarship offers soon.
P.J. Torres, New Rochelle, 6-3, G: Although he had planned the visit multiple times in the past months, Torres is finally scheduled for his official visit to Duquesne on Friday. Right now, Duquesne appears to be the leader for Torres, but two new schools have joined the chase.
Torres said his recruitment picked up after last week’s CYP Tournament, where he was a tournament all-star and won the sportsmanship award. The list of suitors now includes the College of Charleston and Hofstra.
Torres said he will consider visiting at least the College of Charleston. One thing that interested him was the presence of a renowned coach, former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins.