Sampson commits to St. John's

Top 100 player Brandon Sampson made the call on his recruitment. Sampson will play his college basketball at St. John's.

Just a few days ago four-star guard Brandon Sampson cut his list of potential schools down to three – California, St. John’s and USC.

Early Monday morning, Sampson, of Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Preparatory School, went ahead and ended his recruitment by giving a verbal pledge to Steve Lavin and St. John’s.

Madison Preparatory coach Jeff Jones informed Scout of the news.

"He decided to go to St. John’s," Jones said. "One thing he was consistent in saying was he wanted was to come in and start right away. They have that opportunity."

"He sees clearly with D’Angelo Harrison graduating he can come in and fill that void," he added. "He realizes that it’s not a walk in the park, but it’s a challenge he wants to take on."

Jones also cited St. John's aggressive pursuit of him and noted they've been on him since day one.

“They’ve been recruiting him since he was in the eighth grade,” Jones said. “There’s familiarity there. He took an official visit there and he was blown away with Madison Square Garden. He has a close relationship with Steve Lavin.”

Sampson, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, is a gifted athlete. He bounces off the ground with ease and has a quick first step. While his athleticism is a strength, there’s more to his game. His jump shot is a weapon and he’s a solid three-point shooter.

Sampson ranks No. 61 overall and No. 19 at his position in the 2015 recruiting class. As a junior, Sampson averaged 25 points a game. He's currently averaging 17 points and 7.4 rebounds a game during his senior season.

St. John’s now has a pair of commitments in their 2015 class. Three-star guard Samir Doughty is also headed to play for Lavin next season.

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