Sampson adds offers

Four-star forward JaKarr Sampson is seeing his recruitment take off.

At the National Prep Showcase one of the top performers was Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy forward Jakarr Sampson. The highly athletic Sampson is now seeing more recruiting attention than ever as he sorts through the process for the second time.

Playing on one of the best teams in the country, Sampson feels that this, his post graduate season, will be one of the best for him because of how much better he will get on a daily basis going against other excellent players.

"It is real good," said Sampson of playing on a stacked roster. "We get better every day in practice, and we always have to work hard because we are so talented. It does put a target on our back, and we get everybody's best game, so that is a good thing to get me ready for college."

When it comes to his recruitment, Sampson says things are getting busier than ever before.

"It has been even crazier," explained Sampson. "Texas is the latest school to get involved in my recruitment. It has just gotten a lot crazier."

He continued, "Mostly it is the same school, but right now my list is Baylor, Texas, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Providence, Florida, and St. John's."

The most recent visit that Sampson made was to Pittsburgh. The Panthers have recently really picked up their recruitment, and Sampson liked what he saw on the Pitt campus.

"I had a really nice visit there," said Sampson. "I really like Coach (Jamie) Dixon and the whole coaching staff. It was a good visit from a basketball perspective, and also we met with the academic people. Overall I had a good time."

At the National Prep Showcase, St. John's boss Steve Lavin was there both days Brewster was playing in an effort to get Sampson back in the fold.

"I'm real close with everybody at St. John's," said Sampson. "I am real close with Coach Lavin and all of the players there. I thought I was going to be there, and formed a lot of relationships. The relationship is still real good with St. John's."

Also a pair of Big XII schools have really begun to step up their efforts on Sampson, and each could be in line for a visit.

"I plan on making a trip out to Kansas," said Sampson. "I don't know when, but I plan on it. I just like Kansas. I like their playing style a lot and I like the coaches. They say with my defensive ability I can be an impact player right now, and defense is what I am really focusing on this year."

Also the Texas Longhorns are making a significant effort with Sampson, and he is just now beginning to learn about the school.

"I don't really know about their program, but they have been very good in the past," said Sampson of Texas. "Also they have my boy Myck Kabongo there, so I would definitely like to get there and learn more about them."

While he might not be super familiar with all of the schools after him, one that he has a lot of knowledge about is Louisville. The Cardinals are once again recruiting him and he has a friend already in their program in freshman center Zach Price.

"Louisville is all good," said Sampson. "It is the same thing as last year. I know Coach (Rick) Pitino well and the staff is telling me I can come in and be an impact player and all that. I haven't seen Zach in a while, but he is always telling me how good it is at Louisville, and how they treat their players well."

At the moment Sampson knows he will have to soon cut his list down to a manageable number, but still he doesn't want to rush into a decision, and plans on taking full advantage of this second chance at handling his recruitment.

"This year is going to be big for me," explained Sampson. "Not too many players get to go through their recruitment twice. I know this year I have an older mindset, and that should make things easier."

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