South Stokes senior PJ Samuels signed with Littlejohn Sports Academy out of High Point and will be on the inaugural team led by former Lexington men’s basketball coach Jon Weavil.
“I really didn’t think I would have a chance to play basketball,” said the athlete. “I love the fact I’m getting an opportunity to prove myself with Littlejohn. I’ve been playing basketball for a long time and love the game. My family has always pushed me and supported me and helped make me the player I am today.”
Samuels finished as an all-conference performer on the court this season and averaged 10.5 points and five rebounds a game. He helped lead the Sauras to a 20 win season and a third round playoff appearance. Samuels also played varsity football for two seasons and added track and field to his resume during his senior year. He finished Northwest 1A all-conference and placed fourth in the midwest regionals with a long jump distance of 18-5.75.
“PJ has really improved over the past three years on and off the court,” said South Stokes basketball coach Jason Clark. “He is a great post player that has shot a high percentage from the floor during his career. He has developed as a very good midrange jumper and has been a great teammate with his selfless attitude. I can’t wait to see where the next few years lead him.”
The athlete is undecided on a major, but will attend Forsyth Technical Community School, while playing for the Ravens. Littlejohn is a one to two year post-graduate junior college program focused on helping student athletes earn higher placement scores for college acceptance to a four year university.
Weavil will lead the Raves into the Costal Post Grad Athletic Association and will play a schedule of prep schools, community colleges, and junior colleges.
“PJ will fit into the puzzle of what we are trying to do at Littlejohn,” Weavil said. “We are not overly big, but I like PJ’s physicality and he is a hard working player. We will look for him to back down and play low, but also to step out and take his opponent off the dribble. We are excited to have him.”
PJ is the son of Tracy Golden and Paul Samuels. “It’s very exciting and we’re happy for him,” said his mother. “We’re also happy that PJ will be close to home and we back him 100 percent in everything he does.”
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.