Lexington Christian basketball standout Matt Rose announced his commitment to Samford on Friday night.
Rose — a 6-foot-7 small forward in the class of 2015 — averaged 17.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season for the Eagles and was a first-team all-city selection.
He told Scout.com that Samford Coach Scott Padgett was a major reason for his decision to commit to the program.
"Not everywhere I can play for somebody that played my position in the NBA," Rose said. I feel Coach Padgett can help me out because he's been through it all.
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"All the pieces came together. I realized that that's the greatest place for me."
Padgett — a Louisville native and former standout at the University of Kentucky — took over as Samford's head coach earlier this year after serving as an assistant for two seasons.
Rose battled injuries throughout the summer with the Nike-affiliated Kentucky Travelers, but made an impact when healthy and helped the squad make it within one game of the Peach Jam quarterfinals in July.
He will be eligible to officially sign with the Bulldogs on Nov. 12.