Sammy Mejia, a versatile 6-6, 195 pound small forward from the Storm King School in Cornwall on Hudson, N.Y., was a cornerstone of the Long Island Panthers' effort at this past weekend's Rumble in the Bronx Tournament in New York.
Mejia was a vital factor in the Panthers' surge to the final four of the 17 and under Gold division, which ended on Sunday afternoon with a loss to eventual champion Riverside Church in the semis.
Mejia is a very effective player in transition, thanks to his long lanky frame and good speed. In the absence of star forward Charlie Villanueva this past weekend, he carried a significant offensive load for the Panthers at the Rumble.
Mejia told the Insiders Report/Rivalshoops.com that Providence, Seton Hall, DePaul and South Florida have shown the most interest in him thus far. He has also heard from Illinois, Texas Tech, UConn, St. John's, Syracuse, Villanova and Hofstra.
He has attended recent basketball camps at both Seton Hall and Hofstra.
A native of the Bronx, Mejia attended Roosevelt H.S. in the borough for three years before transferring into Storm King this fall of 2001. The transfer was primarily for academic reasons, although Mejia flourished on the basketball court as well this past season.
Mejia averaged 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals per game for Storm King, which claimed the NEPSAC Class B title in March with a victory over Tabor Academy of Massachusetts. Mejia was named MVP of that game.
Mejia said he carries a 2.1 GPA and has already attained a qualifying score on the SAT.
With a big summer, it's conceivable that Mejia could become a hot commodity among high major programs, and we will keep you posted on his situation in the coming weeks.