Sampson to stay home, commits to LSU
Johnny Jones lost 44-percent of his scoring when Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin opted to bypass their remaining eligibility and enter the NBA Draft. But Jones and his LSU staff will reload with talented incoming freshman. Already holding commitments from Ben Simmons, Scout’s No. 2 player, and Antonio Blakeney, a five-star prospect, Jones reeled in a pledge from Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Preparatory Academy wing Brandon Sampson on Monday. "It’s going to be LSU," Madison Preparatory coach Jeff Jones told Scout. "At the end of the day, he just felt that he has a chance to be apart of something special with those guys," he added. "That was really it." Sampson originally committed to St. John’s, while Steve Lavin was the coach. When St. John’s and Lavin parted ways, Sampson reopened his recruitment and began considering LSU and Oklahoma State again. "Coach Jones made him see that he fits into their plans and Brandon believes him on that," Jones said. "He wants to be apart of something special." A 6-foot-4 wing, Sampson is a quality athlete that brings a scoring punch to the perimeter. Sampson thrives in transition, finds ways to slice to the rim, despite his ball handling being a weakness, and is a good long-range shooter that can heat up quickly. Sampson, who ranks as the top player in the state of Louisiana, ranks No. 62 overall in the 2015 class and is regarded as a four-star prospect. With the Sampson pledge, LSU’s 2015 recruiting class will jump to No. 3 in Scout’s 2015 class rankings.