NAME: Sammie Puisis
SCHOOL: Mason High School
GRADUATING YEAR: 2019
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Signing to play at Florida State
HEIGHT: 6'1"-160 lbs.
PARENTS: Edward & Kelly
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: "My parents."
FUTURE GOAL: Go to NCAA Final Four
A four-year varsity starter and a member of the career 1,000+ point club, Mason senior Sammie Puisis is an elite shooter and one of Ohio's top basketball players. She helped lead last year's Comets' squad to an Ohio state Final Four appearance and will play collegiately at Florida State University.
Sammie has had a good senior showing, leading the GMC in scoring with nearly 18 points per game. Big games this season include vs. Oak Hills (26 points-8 rebounds), Olentangy Liberty (23 points-11 rebounds), Toledo Rogers (22 points-9 rebounds) Fairfield (22 points) and Lakota West (19 points-10 rebounds).
She holds numerous school records, including the all-time single-season and career three-point shooting percentages at 52% and 48% respectively. Her 38 points vs. Hamilton last season tied a school record for most points in a single game. She earned the honor of being selected and attending the USA Basketball Women's Under-18 National Team Trials last May at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Her junior year, Sammie averaged 16.9 points-6.1 rebounds a game. Among her numerous honors, last season she was named GMC Co-Player of the Year, Cincinnati Enquirer Div. I Player of the Year, Southwest Ohio District Div. I Player of the Year, Women's Sports Association Player of the Year, Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame Player of the Year and Cincinnati.com Sports Awards' Player of the Year. Her AAU club team is Sports City U.
Also an all-star volleyball player, she earned first team all-GMC three times. Her favorite athlete and most-like-to-meet is Stephen Curry, favorite entertainer is Channing Tatum, favorite book is All the Bright Places and favorite movie is Coach Carter.
COACH'S QUOTE – "Sammie is the purest shooter I have ever coached and she works extremely hard at her entire game. What makes her most impressive is that she is a wonderful person who cares deeply for her family friends, teammates and coaches. She is what every student-athlete should be…a great student, a great player and an even greater person."
— Rob Matula, Basketball Coach