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Posted On: 04/23/18 5:00 AM
At 6’6”, Sam Emich (2019) has the ability to face up from deep, hit the jumper with range or put it on the floor and make plays for others. The Copley High School prospect has a skill-set that would fit well with a motion style offensive because of his feel, willingness to screen and pass, and inside-out scoring ability.
Just three weeks into the grassroots season, Emich’s stock as a prospect is floating around the D-II and D-III level.
“Westminster has been in contact with me a lot,” Emich said. “I’ve kind of picked up a few along the way, like Charleston. And Mount Union, Allegheny, and Hiram, they all talked to me around the end of the season and they said that I was at the top of their recruiting class next year.”
The first team he mentioned, Westminster, has been around the longest. They’ve also remained the most active throughout.
“I went to Westminster once. I went up there for a game. That’s the only real visit I’ve been on,” Emich said.
He also mentioned that Charleston has ramped up their recruiting efforts significantly since his first AAU tournament with TNBA Flash this spring.
Emich has scholarship-level talent as a face-up forward. As mentioned, he can shoot, pass, and put it on the deck a little bit. He holds his own inside as a rebounder and doesn’t mind getting physical on either end of the floor.
However, regardless of his potential as a D-II college player, Emich is more concerned with fit at the next level.
“I like a coach that let’s you play through mistakes. It just makes you feel a lot more comfortable on the court,” Emich mentioned. “I definitely like the family aspect of a team. I feel like I’m going to get that a lot more out of D-II or D-III college … It’d also be awesome to be able to play four years. So I’m also looking at that, where I’d be able to play the most.”
Emich will travel with TNBA Flash to New Cumberland, PA for the Spring Jam Fest next weekend. Throughout the summer, his goal is to expand his off-the-dribble game.
“I do need to better my ball-handling if I want to be playing on the perimeter, and my pull-up jumper I really want to work on,” Emich said.
Emich, who played as a true post for Copley last season, is interested in becoming more of a combo forward. On a grassroots squad with multiple teammates around the same height or taller, Emich is provided the opportunity to prove himself in that role.
His defensive motor and court vision are undeniable. Whether a D-III program is able to land him is yet to be seen, but Emich would be a steal at that level if that happens to be the case.
Meanwhile, Emich has an accumulative GPA of 3.8. He packages that alongside a 27 ACT score. He also owns a lawn care business and is interested in studying entrepreneurship, business, or sports medicine in college.