Sampson Has Wisconsin Interest

Impressing onlookers every time he touches the floor, junior forward Jakarr Sampson gets better and better. Running the floor looking to score, attacked from the perimeter for buckets and active in the paint, it's no surprise the 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward is getting plenty of looks, including from the Badgers.

AKRON, Ohio - After versatile forward Jakarr Sampson turned in a solid sophomore season at St. Vincent St. Mary's in Akron, where he averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game, Sampson has continued his stellar play throughout the AAU circuit.

His quality play paid off when he received a call from Wisconsin Badger assistant coach Howard Moore. The Badgers began sending Sampson mail towards the end of his sophomore year of high school and watched Sampson play during an AAU tournament in his hometown.

Although he has yet to speak with head coach Bo Ryan, assistant coach Howard Moore verbally expressed his interest over the phone to the up-and-coming Sampson.

"He (Moore) was telling me about how he wants to get me down there to see the campus and how they can really use me in there program," Sampson told Badger Nation.

Sampson, ranked as the 16th-best power forward in the 2011 class by, appears to be in the process of getting acquainted with the Badger program, and is intrigued by their interest in him.

"(Coach Moore) seems like a very good coach," Sampson said. "I do not know much about it (Badger program) but I would like to come down and see the campus, meet the head coach and talk to him."

On the court, Sampson is willing to do whatever it takes to make an impact for his future team on the floor.

"I can bring a lot of energy," Sampson said. "I can play a lot of different positions and just do whatever you need me to do, whatever you ask of me I can come in and do."

Furthermore, Sampson has been very pleased with the way his summer went.

"Its (the summer) went great," he said. "The Nike Jamboree was a great camp and a great experience for me playing with other top players from around the country."

Overall, Sampson currently holds offers from Xavier and Dayton and is suppose to be visiting Ohio State. Sampson said that he has yet to schedule a visit to Wisconsin but that it is something he would like to do. He has already been to Michigan State's campus and enjoys the Spartans style of play.

"I really liked Michigan State," Sampson explained. "I have been to their team camp and I liked coach Izzo and the campus a lot . . . and yeah, I like the run and gun style of play."

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