Jermaine Samuels Jr. is an elite student-athlete attending The Rivers School in metropolitan Boston. Jermaine is one of the most highly coveted high school prospects in the country, currently ranked #36 in the class of 2017 per Scout. The 6’6 wing has been outstanding on the prestigious EYBL AAU circuit, averaging 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game for Expressions Elite. Samuels has college coaches salivating for the versatile wing that has the skillset to play on the perimeter with his ability to knock down shots from 3 and create for himself or teammates off the dribble, while having the size and elite athletic ability to finish at the rim, rebound, and defend the paint.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great Spring so far, you’ve turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for Expressions Elite as a team and for you individually?
JS: Thank you. Everything is going great for me, I feel like I’m getting better and better, and as a team I love my team even though we have our ups and downs. I love prospering with everyone, they’re all like my brothers
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) April 24, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
JS: I’m a slasher, play great defense, I don’t stop playing hard, and I’m a work in progress.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
JS: Every day, just sharpening up some things in my skillset, while adding new things to my game.
— EliteYouthBasketball (@NikeEYB) April 16, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
JS: Well, my grades are one of my main priorities in life, math has grown on me as a favorite subject.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
JS: Not absolutely sure, but I’m thinking marketing or business right now.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
JS: I like listening to music a lot, drawing/painting, playing videogames
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) May 15, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
JS: Tennessee, Xavier, Marquette, Miami, Providence, Cal(Berkley), URI, BC, UConn, Villanova, Georgia Tech, Harvard
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
JS: Duke, Texas, Michigan, Kentucky
EM: Do you have a top group of schools that you’re focused on at this point?
JS: No, not at this point, I’m taking it all in stride
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
JS: I’ll be figuring that out with my father soon
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
JS: A school that wants me for more than just basketball, a great education, a good fit for me and my playing style, and playing time.
EM: Do you have a timeline for your decision?
JS: Probably after I take my visits, so maybe late Summer or early Fall
— Expressions❌EYBL (@XEliteBasketbal) April 28, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
JS: Just trying to be the best version of myself everyday
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
JS: Be yourself, stay positive, stay optimistic, love life, love yourself, and work hard in whatever you love doing
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