Men’s Basketball | 5/12/2022 9:24:00 AM
Taurus Samuels is back for one more season of collegiate basketball. The Dartmouth grad transfer and Oceanside, Calif., Product is bringing his game to the University of Minnesota this upcoming season.
“We’re really happy to have someone like Taurus join our Gopher program,” head coach Ben Johnson said. “I’m excited about the level of experience, leadership and versatility he brings to the guard position. Taurus has great skills to play on and off the ball, and give us good depth in our backcourt. As a starter at Dartmouth, he has Also shown he’s a natural leader. Taurus will be a great addition to our locker room as we continue to grow our team. “
Samuels, a 6-1, 190 senior guard, started in 23 games for Dartmouth last season. In 2021-22, Samuels ranked third on the team scoring when he averaged 9.4 points. He also averaged 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 28.5 minutes last year. In Ivy League action alone, Samuels averaged 9.0 points and played 26.5 minutes. He also had 11 double-digit games last season, including a career-high 23 points Georgetown. Due to COVID-19, the Ivy League did not compete in the 2020-21 season. In his sophomore campaign, Samuels started in 28 of 29 games and was second on the team in assists (60) and fourth in scoring (8.4 ppg). He also ranked third on the team with 19 steals and second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.54). As a freshman in 2018-19, Samuels saw action in all 30 games that season and averaged 4.3 points. He was later awarded the team’s Doggie Julian award, given for his spirit and enthusiasm.
Samuels was a captain at Vista High School where he guided his team to a 23-9 record as a senior. He averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game in his senior season. During his high school career, Samuels was also named an All-California Interscholastic Federation, North San Diego and all-conference first-team performer and was ranked a three-star, ESPN-rated prospect.