Samson Ruzhentsev Recruiting Update (2020)

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Posted On: 05/2/18 10:51 PM

HHCA Head Coach Zach Ferrell has done it again.  Two of his sophomore Hawks look like high major basketball prospects.  We ranked Keon Ambrose fourth in the Class of 2020 and Samson Ruzhentsev resides at #13 overall.

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (HHCA) brought numerous talented foreigners to the United States in recent years.  The Hawks’ roster is generally populated by Canadians, Nigerians, and a sprinkling of Europeans.

Serbian Uros Plavsic signed with Arizona State.  Canadian KeVaughn Ellis signed to Florida Atlantic.  Recent graduates include: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Canada), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Canada), Ezekiel Balogun (Nigeria), Silas Adheke (Nigeria), Abdul Ado (Nigeria).   All five played D1 basketball and Shai is certain to be drafted in to the NBA next month.

Sharpshooting Shooting Guard Samson Ruzhentsev added his first offer last week.

In early December, Samson Ruzhentsev looked completely comfortable against the #1 team in the nation, Oak Hill Academy.  In a blowout loss, Ruhentsev was the most successful striker.  Only a handful of college coaches showed up on Chattanooga’s McCallie School campus for the prestigious affair.

Ruzhentsev’s recruiting train started to add coal in April, as he ran with the Georgia Stars.  The Stars routinely put together one of the best AAU teams in Georgia.

“So many coaches are coming to watch us,” said Samson Ruzhentsev Wednesday evening.  A trio of schools entered the LIVE period already interested in the Russian scoring guard.

“These three I know for sure: Vanderbilt, Central Florida, and Arizona State,” said Ruzhentsev.  “I talked to my coach.  He told me that I got Tennessee (interest) also.”

Remember 2017-2018 HHCA teammate Uros signed with Arizona State.

Samson’s one true encounter with a college program was a teamwide visit to Middle Tennessee.  Keep in mind he visited with the previous college basketball staff (now at Ole Miss).  The visit was enjoyable, but Ruzhentsev doesn’t have an allegiance to any particular Unites States location or program like most American athletes do.
“I don’t really care about campus and stuff like that,” shared Samson Ruzhentsev.  “The most important thing for me is the program of the college.”
Late last week Samson Ruzhentsev picked up an SEC offer, his first D1 offer overall.
“I just got Georgia Tech interest and I got Auburn offer,” messaged Ruzhentsev to @PrepHoopsTN.  
The Auburn offer is right in line with the #13 ranking.  If the top 20 players all have a shot at Division I and the top ten are likely mid- to high-major players, then Samson is destined for many more DI offers, perhaps several more lofty offers like Auburn.
Learn the stars of tomorrow before the college coaches.  Check the 2020 rankings today.