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TCU Basketball Gains Big Commit in 4-Star Recruit Kevin Samuel

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Jamie Dixon continues to make waves in his first off-season as TCU Basketball’s head coach, landing another massive commit on Tuesday in Kevin Samuel.

A consensus 4-star center, Samuel, from Redemption Christian in Houston, Texas, committed to TCU over the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, and UCLA. In all, Samuel held 22 scholarship offers to play D1 basketball.

Samuel stands at 6-foot-10, 220 pounds, and is rated as the No. 8 center in the 2017 class. He’s also rated as the No. 7 recruit in the state of Texas, and the No. 84 recruit overall.

This is a massive get for Jamie Dixon and TCU for a few reasons: First, Samuel is the kind of recruit who, probably just a season ago, would not even have considered the Horned Frogs as an option. This reflects his willingness to come and help build something special, while it also reflects Jamie Dixon’s ability to get elite-level talent in the door.

Second, it also means that TCU will have a center on the roster in 2017. Karviar Shepherd and Chris Washburn are both seniors in 2016, so the addition of Samuel is much needed.

Samuel is the third commit to TCU’s class of 2017, which is already off to a great start. Samuel joins 4-star shooting guard R.J. Nembhard and 3-star power forward Kouat Noi in the class, which was already rated as the No. 14 class in the country, and the No. 1 class in the Big 12. With Samuel, TCU now has the No. 9 class in the country according to 247Sports.

Dixon’s hot recruiting hand continues, as he seems to be putting together a recruiting class that TCU has never seen the likes of.