Sportswriters and broadcasters naturally gravitate to Omar Samhan.
The St. Mary’s center is that rare presence who makes reporters’ jobs much easier: He’s the best player and the best quote on his team.
Scoring 61 points on 24-for-32 shooting, Samhan led the 10th-seeded Gaels to victories over Richmond on Thursday and Villanova on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.
What Samhan did on the court in Providence, R.I., certainly would rate as enough to make him noteworthy. Add to that the way he handled formal news conferences and locker-room interviews with his typical insight and humor, and you have someone who has become one of the breakout national stories of the first two rounds.