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Villanova lands top 50 wing Jermaine Samuels

The reigning National Champions, Villanova, locked up a second top 100 commit for the 2017 class on Saturday, as 6′-6″ wing Jermaine Samuels announced his pledge to the Wildcats.

Samuels picked Villanova over Duke (after landing a recent scholarship offer), Kansas, Indiana, and Georgetown and joins Philly big man Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree in the class to date. Samuels is a top 50 prospect, while Cosby-Roundtree is also a top 100 player.

A great fit for Villanova’s system, Samuels is coming off an official visit to Villanova. He ran with Expressions Elite in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, averaging 11 points and 4 rebounds per game. Samuels’ size and length are ideal for a Big East wing, and he projects as a multi-year starter for the Wildcats.

Villanova Scholarship Grid

Position2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsJalen Brunson (So)Jalen Brunson (Jr)Jalen Brunson (Sr)
WingsKris Jenkins (Sr)Phil Booth (Sr)Mikal Bridges (Sr)Donte DiVincenzo (Sr)
Josh Hart (Sr)Mikal Bridges (Jr)Erik Paschall (Sr)Jermaine Samuels (Jr)
Phil Booth (Jr)Erik Paschall (Jr)Donte DiVincenzo (Jr)
Mikal Bridges (So)Donte DiVincenzo (So)Jermaine Samuels (So)
Erik Paschall (So)Jermaine Samuels (Fr)
Donte DiVincenzo (Fr)
PostsDarryl Reynolds (Sr)Tim Delaney (So)Tim Delaney (Jr)Tim Delaney (Sr)
Tim Delaney (Fr)Omari Spellman (So)Omari Spellman (Jr)Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (Jr)
Omari Spellman (Fr)Dylan Painter (So)Dylan Painter (Jr)
Dylan Painter (Fr)Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (Fr)Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (So)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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