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Wizards Pre-Draft Workouts: Samardo Samuels, Understudy of Andray Blatche

Updated: June 23, 2010

On Monday, June 21, Samardo Samuels (F, Louisville, 6’9, 260 lbs.) worked out for the Washington Wizards along with Magnum Rolle (F/C, Louisiana Tech, 6’11, 225 lbs.), Devan Downey (G, South Carolina, 5’9, 175 lbs.), A.J. Ogilvy (C, Vanderbilt, 6’11, 250 lbs.), Solomon Alabi (C, Florida State, 7’1, 251 lbs.) and Bobby Maze (G, Tennessee, 6′3″, 195). Get the run-down on Samuels and check his workout videos below…

I’ll let you finish laughing …

Yes. ‘Our’ Andray Blatche has an understudy.

Caught you snickering again, didn’t I?

Okay, Samardo Samuels didn’t use the word, “understudy” in his post-workout interview. Nonetheless, he and Andray Blatche go back via the NY/NJ AAU circuit. Last summer, the two hung out a bunch, worked on some post moves — {a record scratches to a halt} — Gah!?! Post moves?! With Dray?

That’s what the man said. Samardo also called his buddy Andray the “funniest guy in the world.”

Peas in a pod? Who knows.

Here’s the run-down on Samuels:

  • 6’8″, 245 lbs. (not measured in Chicago), 21-years old.
  • Grew up in Jamaica and started playing basketball because the soccer team was full.
  • “Kinda happy that happened now,” he told me.
  • Came to the U.S. in 2004, will turn 22 next January.
  • Steped on the scene and became touted enough to be the 2008 USA Today H.S. POY and a McDonald’s All-American.
  • Went to Louisville to play for Rick Pitino.
  • He had a so-so/decent two seasons with the Cardinals, got plenty of playing time.
  • But evidently he wasn’t spectacular enough because some people think he’s making a bad decision to leave early. He is currently project to go from mid-to-late second round to undrafted.
  • At first Samuels said he was just going to test the waters, Pitino even said that he expected Samuels to return to school at a press conference. But not long after, Samardo hired an agent.
  • Still, Pitino supports his decision to enter the draft … basically because things is rough in Jamaica.
  • Samardo says he aims to be a physical presence inside, but is clearly a tad undersized in height … must use his strength to clear space on the next level.
  • Says he’s trying to show teams his passion for the game, and that he’s trying to improve upon his motor to impress coaches.
  • Samardo’s motor didn’t look that great, in comparison to Magnum Rolle and Solomon Alabi, when doing the “7” Drill and the Full Court, Six Shot Drill (videos below) … but again, I’m just going off the last 10 minutes of an NBA workout.
  • Has been working out in D.C. with trainer Hanif Hill.
  • Samuels has been compared to Carlos Boozer and Elton Brand.
  • Ranked #77 overall by ESPN’s Chad Ford (not listed in Ford’s 1st or 2nd round mock).
  • Draft Express Mock: #47 to the Bucks.
  • NBADraft.net Mock: #45 to the Timberwolves.
  • Matt Moore of ProBasketballTalk wonders if Samuels can be a draft steal.

Post Workout Interview

The “7” Drill

The “7″ Drill involves a player having to shoot jumpers from alternate elbows. The count starts at seven. If he makes a shot, the count goes down one. If he misses, he has to make a layup and the count goes up one. The drill is over when the count reaches zero. Also, between attempts from each elbow, the player must jog to the opposite sideline before moving to shoot from the other elbow.

Full Court Six Shot Drill

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