Tag:Jakarr Sampson
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:40 am

Jakarr Sampson in a holding pattern

By Jeff Borzello

Jakarr Sampson was the most highly-touted of the nine St. John’s newcomers, ranking in the top 40 by nearly every outlet.

Of course, on Thursday, he was also one of three Red Storm freshmen ruled ineligible for the first semester by the NCAA.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Ohio has not decided on his next move yet.

“Nothing definitive as of yet,” Don Anderson, his former AAU coach, said.

There are a few options: he could head back to Brewster Academy (N.H.) for another prep year, or he could go to a different prep school and take classes in order to get cleared as soon as possible.

Since Sampson never officially enrolled at St. John’s, he can still go back to St. John’s or any Big East school if he does another year at Brewster. Had he enrolled, he would be ineligible to go to a Big East college – including St. John’s – if he did another prep year.

Anderson also cleared up rumors that Sampson has opened up his recruitment.

“No he hasn’t,” Anderson said.

Looks like this will be a situation that continues to evolve.

Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:10 am
Edited on: September 16, 2011 10:18 am

Someone tell Mullin and Wennington not to worry

By Jeff Goodman

By now, you probably know that St. John's hyped freshman class, the one that was ranked just behind Kentucky and Duke, took a significant hit on Thursday.

Three guys - all considered Top 100 players - didn't qualify to play this semester. Amir Garrett's father told CBSSports.com that his son Amir, a two-sport star who intends to play minor league baseball in the summer, will take classes in the fall with the hope of suiting up for the Red Storm in December.

Norvel Pelle may do the same, but JaKarr Sampson - according to a source - is leaning towards heading back to prep school, where he could re-open his recruitment.

Now the Red Storm Nine are down to a half-dozen. Two of them are junior college kids, one is Chicago guard Phil Greene and the other three are highly regarded, consensus Top 100 high schoolers: Sir'Dominic Pointer, Maurice Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison.

Let's face it: St. John's was going to take their lumps this year, anyway.

Steve Lavin has already proven he can get players - and he'll continue to get them.

This was a setback, but I wouldn't push the panic button if I were, say, Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson, Bill Wennington or just an ordinary St. John's fan.

This season will be rough as the Red Storm will not only be young, but they'll also lack depth. That's a brutal combination in a league as unforgiving to inexperience as the Big East.

But there were only so many minutes, anyway, and now Pointer, Harkless and Harrison will gobble up the majority of them - instead of having to split them with the JUCO kids and also Sampson, Pelle and Garrett.

There's still a chance, at least according to Darrow Garrett, that his son and Pelle wind up in uniform for the second semester. Sampson is a big-time athlete and many have him ranked highest of the entire class, but he's still not a program-changer. He's a piece that would have certainly helped.

But The Johnnies will be fine. It's just going to take some time.
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 6:02 pm

Three St. John's freshmen ruled ineligible

By Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman

Remember that highly ranked recruiting class that had St. John's fans excited?

It's the same class that now has the same fans disappointed.

Class of 2011 signees Amir Garrett, Jakarr Sampson and Norvel Pelle have all been declared ineligible by the NCAA, St. John's confirmed Thursday. The school is still hoping to get the talented trio through the NCAA Clearinghouse in time for the second semester, but it remains undetermined whether that'll actually happen. Meantime, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday that Sampson, a 6-foot-7 wing, might now elect to return to where he played last season -- Brewster Academy.

Sampson and Garrett were both ranked in the Top 100 of CBSSports.com's Class of 2011 rankings.

Sampson was No. 55. Garrett was No. 89.

Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:41 pm

Jakarr Sampson still on track to qualify

Posted by Jeff Borzello

On Sunday, rumors swirled regarding St. John’s-bound forward Jakarr Sampson and his plans for the fall.

One site in New York reported that Sampson would be doing another year of prep school at Brewster Academy (N.H.), and would not suit up for the Red Storm next season.

Sampson’s prep school and AAU coaches refuted the story.

“Jakarr is a senior and will graduate in May,” Brewster head coach Jason Smith said. “He’s signed with St. John’s and looks forward to joining them this summer/fall.”

Added Don Anderson of the King James Shooting Stars: “No truth to it whatsoever.”

The story seemingly centered on Sampson not qualifying and needing additional course work in order to be eligible to play at St. John’s.

However, a source close to the Red Storm program told CBSSports.com that another year of prep school is not necessary.

“Whatever [Jakarr] can get in prep year he can get done in summer school,” the source said.

Sampson is ranked as the No. 31 prospect in the country by Scout.com. The 6-foot-7 forward originally hails from St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) – the same high school that produced LeBron James.

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