Sampson sets up official visit

JaKarr Sampson is in the middle of an excellent post graduate year at Brewster Academy, and now the power forward is preparing for an official visit to Big XII country.

It has been a dream season so far for Jakarr Sampson and the Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy Bobcats. They are undefeated, and Sampson has had an excellent year. The No. 37 ranked player in the 2012 class is staying focused on his season, and also keeping a close eye on his recruitment.

Sampson spent last year Brewster thinking it would be his final year in high school, but after signing with St. John's he didn't get through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Because of that he is back at Brewster, and Sampson feels he is better because of it.

"I have grown a lot from last year," said Sampson. "Last year I was exposed to a whole different world not having your mom and dad around stuff. This year I have learned a lot basketball and life wise, and I know I am better prepared for college because of it."

At 6-foot-8 with elite athleticism, Sampson is having an excellent season, and some of the most high profile head coaches in the country are making sure to track his progress.

"Coach (Bill) Self from Kansas, Coach (Steve) Lavin from St. John's, Coach (Scott) Drew from Baylor, Coach (Ed) Cooley from Providence, and Coach (Billy) Donovan from Florida have been the main ones," said Sampson of who is recruiting him the hardest.

To date his only trip has been to Baylor, but the Bears Big XII rival Kansas is now set to get a trip from Sampson.

"I have a visit set up with Kansas for an official visit for when they play Missouri," said Sampson. "That should be a good game and a good atmosphere."

When it comes to Kansas a former teammate of his at Brewster, Naadir Tharpe, is already in the picture in Lawrence, and that is something that he is paying attention to.

"I have talked to Naadir, he likes it a lot out there," explained Sampson. "Kansas, I like their playing style. I have been watching them on TV a lot, and I like them and what they do."

While he is somewhat removed from his trip to Baylor, Sampson says the Bears continue to do an excellent job of recruiting him.

"I just like Coach Drew," said Sampson. "He is real energized and he is a real good coach. It is a small town where it is located and they just seem like a family."

Likewise the school he originally signed with, St. John's, remains firmly in the picture.

"It has been hard to watch them, but I am proud of those guys," said Sampson of the Red Storm. "All of those guys are playing well together and they are growing as players. I just have a great relationship with Coach Lavin. We talk probably twice a week and it is always good."

While nothing has yet to be set up with the Gators, Sampson says his talks with Florida have been positive.

"Coach (Norm) Roberts has been recruiting me forever, and he has been up to see me a couple of times," said Sampson. "I think I would fit in well with them, but I haven't set up a visit or anything like that. I will probably visit them after the season."

For now his focus is on the season, and don't expect any kind of quick decision to come for Sampson this time around.

"I am just taking my time," he explained. "Last year I only took one official and it was to St. John's. This time I plan on using most of my officials and taking my time."

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