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Jermaine Samuels has interest from Kentucky Wildcats, Duke, Kansas

A new 2017 target is emerging for some of college basketball's elite programs.

In what's already viewed as a loaded 2017 class with talented wings, it looks like another has emerged on UK's big board.

According to CBS Sports' Matt Norlander, the Kentucky Wildcats are among a handful of blue-blood programs showing interest in four-star forward Jermaine Samuels. He's a new name in most recruiting circles, as John Calipari has been more focused on the likes of Kevin Knox, Kris Wilkes, Jarred Vanderbilt and John Petty.

But as Norlander notes, UK is showing more interest in Sanders, who's already scored an offer from the Kansas Jayhawks, and the Duke Blue Devils are also lurking.

On Thursday, Kansas offered him a scholarship, per multiple reports. Recently Kentucky has checked in and Duke has shown continual interest and kept in communication over the past month.

"Coach K, that blew my mind," Samuels said at the Fab48 in Vegas about a recent conversation he had with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Samuels, who stands at 6-5 and 205 pounds, is ranked 47th overall and a top-10 small forward in the 2017 class by 247Sports Composite. His highest ranking is by 247, who has him 42nd overall. Rivals has Samuels at 49th, while ESPN has him 58th.

Watching Samuels' highlights, it's easy to see why some of college basketball's elite programs are showing interest in him. He already holds offers from Connecticut, Providence, Boston College, Villanova, Xavier and Tennessee.

With UK already in good position for many elite 2017 prospects, Samuels may have to wait for an offer to come from Calipari and his staff. However, with UK likely needing to fill 7-9 spots on the 2017-18 roster, adding a guy like Samuels on the back end would be a smart play if he's willing to wait and be that seventh, eighth or even ninth member of the class.

Here are some highlights of Samuels from one of the recent NIKE EYBL sessions:

And be sure to go read Samuels' scouting report over at VU Hoops to learn all about the talented wing.