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Better Know A USF Basketball Player: #2 G Terrence Samuel

Samuel joins USF as another graduate transfer... and believe it or not, he has NCAA championship experience.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

We’re excited around here, and for good reason. USF has finally decided to field a men’s basketball team this season! With the program being brand new, there are a lot of new players for us all to learn about. Between now and the season opener on Friday, we’ll introduce everyone to you, in numerical order.


#2 G Terrence Samuel - Graduate Student, 6’3”, 208 lbs.

How he came to USF: Terrence played his first two seasons at UConn before transferring to Penn State, graduating, and then joining the USF Bulls. As a grad transfer he’s (obviously) immediately eligible, and GET THIS. During his freshman year at UConn, the Huskies won the NCAA Tournament. What a coup to get championship experience in USF’s first-ever basketball season!

2016-17 with Penn State: Started in one game, played in 28, and averaged a career-high 3.9 ppg. Knocked down 40 percent of his shots from the field.

2015-16 with Penn State: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules.

2014-15 with UConn: Averaged 2.4 ppg in all 35 of the Huskies’ games.

2013-14 with UConn: Won a national championship! (Absolutely worth repeating). Averaged 2.4 points in 30 games.

During USF’s exhibition win against Flagler on Friday, Terrence led the team with seven assists, which would have been a career high if exhibition stats counted. He also racked up 12 points in 24 minutes and made half his shots from the field. Terrence joins 6’6” wing Payton Banks, who also transferred to USF as a grad student from Penn State this offseason. The two, who have played together before, will be interesting to watch this year – probably both as starters.