Con Edison Athlete of the Week: Ossining's Shadeen Samuels

Con Edison Athlete of the Week: Ossining's Shadeen Samuels


Con Edison Athlete of the Week: Ossining's Shadeen Samuels


Name: Shadeen Samuels

Ossining's Shadeen Samuels is the Con Ed Athlete of the Week.

Ossining’s Shadeen Samuels is the Con Ed Athlete of the Week.

School: Ossining

Class: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athletic accomplishments: Samuels averaged 28.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in Ossining’s two games in the Slam Dunk Tournament at the Westchester County Center Dec. 26-27, to help lead the Pride to their third tournament title in the last four years. A captain of the team, Samuels has been named an all-state player the past two seasons, was MVP of the state tournament as a sophomore and has been a starter since freshman year. She will attend Seton Hall University next year on a full athletic scholarship.

Academic accomplishments: Samuels has an unweighted GPA of 83, along with an SAT score of 1,200. She is a member of the Student Athletic Council and the Student Council, and volunteered at the Ossining Youth basketball camp and the life skills basketball clinic at Ossining High School. She currently plans to study criminal justice at Seton Hall.

Getting to know Shadeen Samuels

The Journal News: You were in Florida for the KSA Shootout tournament in Orlando over the holiday break. How did that go?

Shadeen Samuels: It was fun. We go on these trips every year and I’ve had the opportunity to go for four years. It’s good to go on vacation with your team. It makes everyone closer and it’s a good opportunity to play somewhere far from where you would normally play.

Every day, we went to a different amusement park. I went to Disneyland when I was really young, so I don’t really remember everything, so it was fun going on the rides and seeing all of the shows, it was really great.

TJN: How did you think the team did in the tournament?

SS: I think we did OK. We didn’t play as well as we should have played or what we were capable of playing, but I believe in the last game, even though we lost, we played really hard as a team, and coach (Dan) Ricci was happy about that.

TJN: Being the lone returning starter on a team that starts three freshmen, did you feel any pressure to step up your game this year?

SS: I don’t feel any pressure, because our team is so good and we have a lot of talented freshmen. I feel a lot more comfortable knowing that I have other people that can help, and when I play more comfortably, then good things happen. Me being a senior and being on the team for four years, all of the girls looks up to me for what to do on the court, so I lead by example on the court.

TJN: The expectations are always high at Ossining, how do you feel the team is living up to them so far?

SS: I believe that we are doing good. Everybody I think didn’t think we’d get far this year because of what a young team we have, but every day, we get better, and I believe that we will get far. Even if we don’t win states this year, I believe we’ll get farther then anybody thought we would get.

TJN: You volunteered at the Ossining Youth basketball camp, what was that like?

SS: It’s really fun because there are a lot of little girls coming to the camp and they watch us play basketball a lot. They look at us like we’re the best players in the world, and it’s nice to have them look up to you. It motivates you to play harder because they want to be like you, and when they get to the age to play varsity, they are capable of doing what is needed.

TJN: You had several colleges offering you, why Seton Hall?

SS: They were around a lot, and I felt more comfortable around them. I went to visit more than once, and I just felt like I was already there. I had already been there for a year, and it just felt like home.

TJN: What do you plan on studying when you get there?

SS: Criminal justice. When I was young, I used to watch a lot of shows on TV, and I just grew up to really love it, so I figured why not study it in college?

The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.

Adrian Szkolar

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