FGCU big guy, Samuel, finds success with Eagles

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Take a look at FGCU’s fifth-year center, Kevin Samuel, and you’ll know exactly what the near-seven-legged athlete is capable of on the basketball court.

“We haven’t had an adult like him on this show yet,” Eagles head coach Michael Fly said.

Take a look back and you’ll notice something completely different about Samuel.

Fly continued: “He’s one of the best people we’ve had on this show.

But that goodness stopped when Samuel took the spot for the Eagles.

“I have the ability to take the ball at certain times, it’s just that I’m bigger and stronger than everyone else. Honestly, that’s a great thing,” said Samuel.

Moving to FGCU from TCU, Samuel left Horned Frogs after twice leading one of the nation’s best basketball games, The Big 12, in saves.

“Sometimes I have to remind myself and remind the players that we’ve got that monster down there. You need to throw it to him,” Fly said.

Now, that monster is being played for the first time in the A-Sun Conference, which is not usually known for dominant centers like Samuel.

And on his Conference debut on Wednesday, Samuel made the conference noticed by scoring a brace against North Florida in a win over the Ospreys.

“That’s the standard I try to set for myself,” says Samuel. “That’s what I told them I wanted to come here and do.”

But even this point hasn’t been easy for Samuel as he started the pre-season out with a nagging hamstring injury.

“I’d rather be on the pitch than on the (sideline),” Samuel joked.

But after Samuel’s dominating performances in the late hours, it’s safe to say the big guy is back.

Fly said: “What he is doing is what we expect of him.

Samuel and the Eagles resume their on-road conference play against Jacksonville at 6:00 p.m. Saturday. FGCU big guy, Samuel, finds success with Eagles


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