Samardo Samuels: A Return To Louisville Could Spark a Magical Run

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IMay 3, 2010

LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 01:  Samardo Samuels #15 of the Louisville Cardinals dunks the ball during the Big East Conference game against the Connecticut Huskies on February 1, 2010 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.  Louisville won 82-69.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Samardo Samuels, remembers the good old days freshman year. Playing alongside Terrence Williams and Edgar Sosa, just you yourself contributed a lot to Louisville’s Elite Eight run.

Now subtract T Will, and you have just you and Sosa this year. You were the main key to this Louisville offense, and sometimes you were the major defensive player. Even though you could not lead this team through the NCAA Tournament, you were still important in every game.

I was looking at a few 2010 NBA Mock Drafts, and noticed that you could possibly go late in the second round or undrafted.

I am thinking in my head, he only wanted to test the waters.  Maybe he could return to Louisville for his junior season, and revamp some of his skills to possibly become a first rounder. In addition to adding to his draft stock, he would also be benefiting Louisville’s development.

Samuels had to battle against more NBA talent than most college players throughout his two-year career. So his experience in the post is important. It will especially be beneficial to the new recruit Gorgui Sy Dieng. 

But the biggest reason why Samardo Samuels should return to Louisville, because it would set up a possibly magical season.

All across the NCAA, there are teams prepping themselves for the future. It may take some a couple of years if you are good, but usually three or four years before they start making noise.

Well imagine this: Peyton Siva leading the offense, with wing players such as Kyle Kuric, Justin Coleman, and post players like Samuels and Dieng. How does that sound for a starting lineup?

This Louisville team would be pretty set heading into next season if Samardo Samuels returned. Not only can he bring his leadership and intensity back, but let’s not forget he was the leading rebounder and scorer for Louisville and his experience would be very beneficial to the new recruits that Coach Pitino was able to acquire.

If Samardo Samuels was to return to this Louisville team today, I would have high aspirations for this team heading into next season.