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Tyrese Samuel, a class of 2019 power forward from Orangeville Prep (CAN), tells Prep Circuit he has committed to Seton Hall and has signed his National Letter of Intent. Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard and his staff have made a great impression on Samuel.
“You can’t really go wrong with the New Jersey and New York area with the basketball being so great,” said Samuel. “I love their coaching staff and the energy they have with their players. They showed me how I can contribute and make them do even bigger things.”
He felt that there was no point in waiting until the late signing period when he knows where his college home is.
“I felt like now was better for me because I didn’t want to wait till the late signing date,” Samuel said. “Now they can come to see me more and I can build a better relationship with the coaches. They are now able to see me whenever they want.”
On his official visit to Seton Hall earlier this month Samuel realized he belonged on that campus.
“I would say that I realized that Seton Hall was the place for me when I went on my visit,” he said. “I felt that it was the spot for me and didn’t even second guess myself. I really saw myself being there for four years. It’s just a great spot for me.”
He picked the Pirates over Georgetown, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest. What separated Seton Hall from the rest was what the staff has planned for him.
“What separated them from others was how they wanted me to play,” said Samuel. “They showed me ways where I could use my versatility, which stood out to me. I also just really like the school overall.”
During Seton Hall’s time in recruiting Samuel, they gave him a comparison of one of their former standouts.
“They compared me to one of their former players Desi Rodriguez who is in the Clippers organization,” he said. “They want me to play how he does and I think I am capable of doing that. I’m also willing to challenge myself to do those things to help my team win.”