Sampson has something to prove

Brandon Sampson is making a name for himself as one of the better players in the country, but still feels he has something to prove. Read on to see why that is, an update on his recruitment, and more.

There weren't many players that increased their stock at the recent Pangos All-American Camp as much as Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Prep shooting guard Brandon Sampson.

"Without a doubt, this skinny wing warrants consideration for the national top 50,"'s Rob Harrington writes. "He's an explosive player who has been highly productive at times this year on the travel circuit, and he's in the process of adding another notch on his belt at Pangos. Sampson has herky jerky quickness that makes him difficult to time, and thus he's able to knife between defenders who are unable to anticipate his moves.

"He scores conventionally via three-balls and on drives that he finishes with dunks, but along with that he possesses some unorthodoxy in the form of half hooks on the move from eight feet or on wide-extension reverses. He impressed with his movement without the ball as well, and now the challenge is to force fewer rushed shots and to round out the non-scoring aspects of his game. He's an easy call for a high-major program and, in the right situation, might be good enough to start as a freshman."

One of the reasons Sampson played so well is because he feels he has something to prove this summer.

"I've been watching Pangos since my freshman year and it is something that I have always wanted to go to," Sampson said. "I'm from Louisiana and we don't get much exposure, so I want to prove that I can play with anybody around the country."

Sampson's recruiting list is constantly changing, but Arizona seems to be a consistent presence despite not offering him yet.

"Recruiting is going very well," Sampson said. "I am hearing from LSU, UCLA, Oklahoma, Wake Forest, and Arizona the most probably."

The only visit currently planned for Sampson is to St. John's in a few weeks and as he looks at the schools recruiting him, he has his own criteria.

"I want to go to a school that has a good education," Sampson said. "I also want to make sure that the school I pick is able to develop me and the staff can help get me to the next level."

Sampson is in no rush to make a decision, but has a time frame in mind.

"I'm in no rush," he said. "I will probably decide some time in December, but I might decide a little before and sign during the early period."

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