Fresh off of a National Championship season, Villanova head coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats landed a big-time commit on Saturday in Jermaine Samuels.
The 2017 four-star small forward offered up a pledge to ‘Nova on his Twitter account, saying:
“I want to thank God, my family, and Coach Todd of X for helping me get to where I’m at now. I’m officially a Wildcat.”
The 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward hails from Weston, Mass. (The Rivers Schools). 247 ranks Samuels as the No. 44 player in the class, the No. 9 prospect at his position, and the No. 2 player in the state of Massachusetts. Prior to offering up a verbal commitment to Villanova, Samuels had garnered a grand total of 13 offers: Boston College, Boston U, UConn, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Providence, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Xavier.
On Thursday, Samuels narrowed his five schools to Georgetown, Kansas, Duke, Indiana and the would-be suitors in Villanova.
Future150 critiqued the newest Wildcat, listing his versatility, agility, athleticism and high motor as his strengths. On the other hand, the platform also believes that Samuels needs to work on his mid-range shooting, three-point shot, scoring with both hands, and playing without the ball in his hands. Under Wright, the head coach should be able to fine-tune Samuels’ skills if he does indeed follow through with his commitment.
The Massachusetts product is the second player to commit to Villanova from the 2017 class. He joins Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree of Philadelphia, and now, Villanova’s class is third-best in the Big East and 12th-best in the nation after Samuels’ commitment Saturday afternoon.