Growing up in Big East country, Terrence Samuel was always a fan of the Connecticut basketball program.
After a recent visit up to Storrs, the physical 6-foot-3 combo guard from Brooklyn (N.Y.) South Shore and his family decided it was time to end his recruitment and commit to UConn.
"My family and I thought it would be the best place for me," Samuel told Rivals.com. "Everything about it is great"
Currently ranked No. 112 in the 2013 Rivals150, Samuel is a hard charging playmaker with the ball in his hands who can play some at the one or the two. Huskies assistant Kevin Ollie was the point man on his recruitment.
"It was a lot of Kevin Ollie, coach Calhoun was still recovering but I talked to him some too," said Samuel of his lead recruiter.
"He (Ollie) said that I could come in and work hard and that the school is great."
For now, Samuel doesn't feel like his future coaches are concerned with labeling him as a one or a two. They just want him to come in and make plays.
"They see me as a big guard who can rebound, pass, score and bring intensity on defense," said Samuel. "I just need to get stronger physically and work on more touch with my jump shot from three."
A three-star propsect, Samuel joins summer teammate Kentan Facey as a UConn pledge. He's excited about the prospect of heading to school with the four-star big man.
"I don't have to worry about not having a friend up there," said Samuel. "It's great to be going up there knowing that I have somebody who I get along with."