Qwanzi Samuels, a 2018 small forward at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., is a promising prospect still available in the senior class. He plays on a team full of Division 1 talent, including two seniors who have already signed to play at the next level in Massachusetts signee, Tre Wood, and Navy signee, Richard Njoku. Top 100 sophomore, Casey Morsell, is also a member of the team.
Over the summer, Samuels tore his ACL, causing him to sit out his senior season. Despite not playing, he’s still been finding a way to be a leader for his team. As a senior, leadership is expected out of the future Division 1 player, and it’s something he takes pride in. “With Tre on the team it helps both of us out because we can tell each other our different outlooks on the game. I can tell him what I see while I’m not on the floor,” said Samuels on his relationship with his teammates, “Casey’s our young star, so I’m just giving him tips on how it is to play at St. John’s High School College and to be aggresive.”
He currently holds offers from St. Joseph’s, Mount St. Mary’s, and James Madison, and is also hearing from Rhode Island and Maryland as of late. His injury may have caused other schools to shy away, but Samuels says he may explore prep school options after this season instead of making the jump straight to college.
As he takes in the recruiting process, Samuels has given some thought as to what he’s looking for in his future school. “I’m looking for commitment and a family atmosphere,” said Samuel, “I want to play for a program that knows that I’m going to make mistakes as a freshman, but knows how to get me to fix those instead of just sitting me down and yelling at me.”
He says he hasn’t given much thought as to when he’ll make his decision, so more schools may be able to jump in the picture before it’s all said and done. Schools pursuing Samuels will be getting a long, athletic wing, but that’s not all he has to offer. “I’m a good leader and I like to make the hustle plays,” he said, “I like to make the extra pass, play defense, and I feel like I’m a good teammate.”
All of those qualities make him the perfect glue guy for a team, which has shown during his time at St. John’s College High School. While it may be a bold prediction right now, Samuels could be an essential asset to a future March Madness Cinderella.