August 6, 2014

Cypress Woods coach talks Samir Sehic recruitment

Cypress Woods (TX) power forward (2015) Samir Sehic trimmed his list to six Saturday on the heels on a successful summer on the AAU circuit.

Sehic, a three-star prospect that stands 6-foot-9, 255-pounds, blends tough bruising post play with the ability to hit jump shots from the perimeter.

He announced his final six as Wake Forest, Iowa, Stanford, Davidson, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.
Sehic has a Wake Forest visit scheduled for Sept. 5.

Deacons Illustrated spoke with Cypress Woods High School coach Chris Draudt about Sehic's upcoming senior season and scheduled campus visit.

"I haven't been able to sit down with him and get real specific about every school. I know he's excited about the visit (to Wake Forest). We've talked a little bit about Tim Duncan and Chris Paul coming through there," Draudt said. "I've tried to share with him that it's a great basketball school, with a great basketball tradition. Obviously in that part of the country - Tobacco Road - with Duke, Carolina, Wake Forest and N.C. State. Playing in the ACC - all those things are just exciting. He probably doesn't know as much about that stuff as I do, with him being a younger kid."

Sehic is familiar with new Deacon's head coach Danny Manning.

"With coach Manning coming in there and trying to get the program turned around - knowing his history and success he had at Kansas and the NBA," Draudt said. "He's exciting about all that. He wants to come to campus and learn a little more."

Although the Demon Deacons have a lot to offer on the hardwood, academics will also be a factor.

"He's excited that it's a great academic school, and that's important to him," Draudt said. "He truly cares about that side of it, and knows Wake has a lot to offer. He's looking forward to getting there to see what it's all about."

Draudt commended Sehic's shooting ability, both from the field and from the free-throw stripe, but said his big man takes a beating in many games.

"As you can imagine, he gets there quite often. He takes a beating. There's not many guys at this level that has his size, so he gets beat up a lot," Draudt said. "I would like to see him be a little more consistent at the line late in games when he's beat up and fatigued."

The word used most often by Draudt about the upcoming season is "excited."

"We're real excited. We had a good year last year and he was a big part of that. We get him back and a good group around him," Draudt said. "He's had a tremendous summer and we're proud of him. We're looking for one more big year out of him. We know we'll get that out of him and we're looking forward to it."

Draudt said Sehic has gotten better every season.

"He's been on a steady pace. He came in as a freshman for us and started on our varsity squad. We weren't very talented around him at that time, and he carried a big load for us. It was a lot to ask of a kid, no matter how big and talented he was. He lived up to his end of the bargain," he said. "From his sophomore to junior season he really exploded. He became a workhorse and a nightmare for guys at this level to handle. He's became the anchor to our team.

"He's meant a lot to our program, and he owns just about every possible record that you could own in our basketball program. He's just going to build on that this season. We're excited for him and looking for bigger and better things down the road."

Sehic has helped the Cypress Woods student body become more interested in basketball and created an aura of excitement in the program.

"At the end of the day for me, having a kid like Samir in your program is always special. It makes it better. Your student body gets excited for the program, and the kids involved get excited," Draudt said. "What's he's been able to do for our program is great, and I'll always appreciate that.

"He's going to have a hard time making a bad decision. He's got some great school interested in him. He's a smart kid. He's going to get a great education at whatever school he goes to. I look forward to sticking with him and follow him down the road as he furthers his career."

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