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rbg 
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07-06-17 04:08 PM - Post#230564    

The Big Green picked up a three-star point guard from SoCal yesterday. Taurus Samuels from Vista High School has committed to Dartmouth for the Fall of 2018.

https://theleftbench.com/blog/2017/07/05/19029 /

In April a writer for California prep watched Samuels at the Southern California Spring Tip-Off:

https://sports.yahoo.com/news/socal-spring-tip -off...

6’0” PG Taurus Samuels of Vista HS 2018 (Gamepoint Pump N Run 17U)

High IQ point guard who knows how to balance scoring and distributing. Plays with an unlimited motor and brings vocal leadership qualities to the court. Quick with the ball in transition, while still maintaining the ability to make good decisions on the fly. Very unselfish player who plays within himself and can make every pass in the book. Knockdown mid-range jump shooter who is improving his stroke from 3-point range. Active defender who understands team defensive concepts and fundamental defensive principles. Some question his athleticism and ability to finish over bigs, but he makes up for those question marks with his decision making.

The Left Bench also profiled Samuels, https://theleftbench.com/blog/2017/04/27/%EF%B B%BF...

 
Go Green 
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07-11-17 07:44 AM - Post#230692    
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We are still looking for a capable successor to Mitola. Maybe Samuels will be it.

Offers from UC Davis, Cal Poly, and Northern Arizona, according to the links.

 
rbg 
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08-21-17 10:51 PM - Post#232280    
    In response to Go Green

Dave McLaughlin has picked up another three star recruit from California. Wes Slajchert, a 6' 4" shooting guard from Oak Park High School, has committed to Dartmouth.

https://twitter.com/WesSlajchert/status/8 997679036...

According to Verbal Commits, Slajchert had offers from Colgate, Cal State Northridge and California Baptist. ESPN noted that he had offers from Columbia, Colgate, American, and Lehigh.

https://theleftbench.com/blog/2017/03/14/wes-s lajc...

With two 3 star recruits for 2018, the Big Green are staying competitive with Princeton and Harvard.

 
mrjames 
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08-22-17 10:41 AM - Post#232284    
    In response to rbg

I like the two Dartmouth pickups, but to say that they're anywhere close to the kids that Harvard and, particularly, Princeton got is a pretty big leap.

 
rbg 
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08-22-17 12:19 PM - Post#232286    
    In response to mrjames

Agreed. Perhaps active would have been the better word to use.

For a team that started last year 0-9, ended up 7-20 and finished #305 in KenPom, a Dartmouth fan has to be pleased that McLaughlin has gotten commitments from two good three-star players for 2018.

FWIW, Dartmouth seems to be in the mix for two-star wing Sam Griesel from Lincoln, Nebrasa, as well - http://www.omaha.com/neprepzone/recruiting /boys-ba...

 
mrjames 
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08-22-17 12:54 PM - Post#232288    
    In response to rbg

Yeah - Dartmouth has certainly stepped up the caliber of player it is pursuing and able to secure commitments from.

Will be interesting when I do my preseason sweep of how some of the frosh look to hear more, but I *really* like what Chris Knight brings to the table. Might need to add weight to be as effective as he could be as a frosh, but I think Dartmouth fans will see moments from him during the year that they'll really like.

 
SomeGuy 
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08-23-17 11:08 PM - Post#232351    
    In response to mrjames

It will be interesting to see how they compare to other recent Dartmouth 3 star guys -- Boudreaux, Sistare, Carter, Stones. There is obviously a wide range there in terms of how ready or able guys were to contribute.

The one thing to be cautious about is that the other public offers for Samuels and Slajchert aren't that great. So it looks to me like both Dartmouth's 3 star guys are significantly behind Princeton's 2 star recruits.

Of course, as a Penn fan, I feel a little like Ferris Buehler criticizing Cameron's car when I downplay Dartmouth's recruiting class. At least Dartmouth has a class.

I think Dartmouth has the 3rd best class so far, which is a lot better than they did with the class coming in this year (which I would rank 7th).

 
rbg 
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09-25-17 10:37 AM - Post#233200    
    In response to SomeGuy

An update on Sam Griesel of Lincoln, NE.

http://www.omaha.com/neprepzone/recruiting /boys-ba...

The NebHSRecruiting site, has Griesel listed as the #3 player in Nebraska.

According to its evaluation - "Griesel is a versatile, athletic swingman who loves to attack the basket but can knock down shots from the perimeter as well. He moves the ball well and plays with good efficiency. Griesel has a lot of potential on the defensive end with ability to hold his own against bigs and stay in front of guards on the perimeter."

The site noted that he has narrowed his list to 5 schools - Dartmouth, Drake, North Dakota State, South Dakota and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He visited UNO for an official trip on September 14th. He has official visits scheduled for North Dakota State on September 30th and South Dakota on October 7th. While he does not have a definite date for Drake, he is in the process of scheduling an official visit. The website notes that he will have one official visit left and believe it will be used for Dartmouth. He has previously visited Dartmouth, while attending an earlier Elite Camp.

 
rbg 
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10-09-17 08:54 AM - Post#233590    
    In response to rbg

The women's team received a commitment from Veronica Kelly of Chatham High School (NJ).

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/chatham/article s/cha...

Kelly is a 6'2" center/forward who averaged 14.1 points and 10.0 rebounds a game, while blocking 65 shots. In her first three seasons, she has totaled 884 points, 678 rebounds and 220 blocks.

According to an 2/24/17 online poll at NJ.com that received almost 67,000 votes, Kelly was selected the state's top shot blocker.

http://highschoolsports.nj.com/news/article/666537...

 
rbg 
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10-10-17 09:12 AM - Post#233679    
    In response to rbg

Sam Griesel committed to South Dakota.

 
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