Four-star 2015 guard Brandon Sampson hasn't even really gotten into the full swing of his final AAU season, but he's already got one official dialed in: California.
"I'm going to take one of my officials there," said the Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Preparatory Academy shooter. "The school and the program, it's very prestigious, and in the past years, they've gotten a lot of people. They've developed a lot of good players, gotten them to where they want to be, so it's a good staff. And, coach Yanni, he's more of a friend than a coach. He's always checking up on me. It would be more than an honor to take a visit to that school, and I'd love to see coach Yanni."
Yanni Hufnagel and the new Bears staff would certainly love to see Sampson, as well.
"They see me as a person who can score the ball, but they like that I can create for other people, and help other people score, as well," Sampson said of the Cal staff.
Hufnagel has certainly put in time with Sampson, the No. 74-ranked player in the 2015 class, as has the rest of the staff.
"They're really consistent, and they're always checking up on me, seeing how me and my family is doing, and they're not fake," Sampson said. "They tell me how it really is, and they're honest with me. They check up on my whole family, every time they call."
That little extra touch – showing a genuine interest in the lives of those around a recruit – have gone a long way Sampson.
"Coach Yanni, he came over from Vanderbilt, and he's a good coach. He immediately called me and started recruiting me, and the head coach, he's pretty good," Sampson said. "He called me up the other day to just see how I was doing and to see how I did in my tournament. They're just really good people."
This spring, Sampson has already participated in the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp in Virginia, and will also head to the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Washington, D.C., Under Armour's Undeniable Camp in Los Angeles, the Reebok All-American Camp in Philadelphia and – perhaps most importantly, as far as the Bears are concerned – a camp in the Bay Area run by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry in late June.
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