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Rise says Samardo is No. 1

Two basketball posts in a row is just a coincidence, I swear.

Following a sensational summer, Rise Magazine has anointed future Cardinal Samardo Samuels as the number one high school player in the country. Samuels edged out Helen Cox (LA) superstar Greg Monroe, the nation's top player according to Rivals and Scout.

In the opinion of RISE, the No. 1 spot belongs to 6-foot-9 power forward Samardo Samuels of St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.). The Louisville-bound bruiser had a monster summer to edge fellow power forward Greg Monroe of Helen Cox (Harvey, La.) for the top spot. Samuels even beat out a number of talented post-grad players, including John Riek of The Winchendon School (Winchendon, Mass.).

For more complete rankings, including bios of the Top 50 players and a list of the Top 100 recruits, check out HARDWOOD, which will hit schools in late October. And for a rundown on the Top 25 juniors, check back at Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Top Louisville recruit Tyreke Evans came in at No. 3 while another apple in the eye of Rick Pitino, Eloy Vargas, landed at No. 28.

Delete the Syracuse game from your DVR, forget about the latest outrageous Steve Kragthorpe rumor you've heard (but please keep the emails coming), and remind yourself that things are just fine on the hardwood. The warm, loving, maple syrup-smelling confines of Freedom Hall will open its beautiful arms and embrace you once again in 34 short days.