Jermaine Samuels and Kimani Lawrence are two great freshman basketball players in the New England Area that are slightly under the radar to the “mainstream”, but are supremely talented and I have personally seen them dominate some of the top competition in the United States. Samuels is a 6-6 Forward from Franklin, Massachusetts, who is a highly skilled athlete with a GREAT motor. He plays AAU ball for Expressions Elite and attends Rivers Prep School. This young man is easily one of the top 30 players in the Country and is already receiving offers from D-1 Programs, including URI.
Kimani Lawrence is a 6-5 Forward from Providence, Rhode Island, whom is a smooth athlete with a great overall floor game. The maturation he has made since we saw him balling up for Zuccolo Recreation to now is amazing. He plays AAU for Expressions Elite, and attends Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, which will develop and nurture his talent. Lawrence has a very high ceiling and when it’s all said and done could easily be a top 40 player in his class nationally. If this young man was playing in the R.I.I.L. his name would be on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but he is FAR better off playing ball at Cushing Prep.