All the cards are out on the table now.
As is typical with basketball recruiting, where signing classes are often comprised of only a few players, a decision by one prospect has a direct correlation to what another will do.
In this case last week's coup by LSU landing five-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney has all but effectively ended the Tigers' long-term bid to land local talent Brandon Sampson.
The four-star guard from Baton Rouge power Madison Prep, rated by Scout as the top player in Louisiana, told TSD Wednesday that Blakeney's commitment has resonated with him and does alter his outlook on LSU.
"Somewhat it does because we both play the same position," explained Sampson. "With them already having a point guard there who's not graduating (in Josh Gray), that wouldn't really leave me a position to play at the one or two. I wouldn't want to change my position that I've been playing, moving down to the three. So yeah, somewhat it does affect my decision."
More or less down to three schools – California, USC and St. John's, playing time is paramount in Sampson's eyes.
“I'm looking for the best situation for what I want to do in college, so really just basing it off playing time and being able to play through mistakes," Sampson said. "That's really how I've been rating these schools."
With Sampson moving off the board, LSU is sitting on one signee (Ben Simmons), one commitment (Blakeney) and is chasing several additional marquee players, including most recently Arizona transfer Craig Victor, in its Class of 2015.
LSU fading away as option for Brandon Sampson
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