|DraftExpress: Poor outing from Jakarr Sampson at MSG tonight. Hope the rumors about him leaving St. John's aren't true. No guarantees he even gets drafted|
|DraftExpress: NBA GM texts "if Jakarr Sampson doesn't get drafted hopefully @AdamZagoria or the regional scout he spoke w\/can get him a job next year."|
|DraftExpress: According to my research Jakarr Sampson would be the first SF ever to play in the NBA w\/out hitting a college 3-pointer http://t.co/L9v5Nvg6|
|DraftExpress: Anonymous NBA scout to @AdamZagoria "Jakarr Sampson is a mid-first round pick maybe higher" http://t.co/BHT6bYjF|
|DraftExpress: 2011 National Prep Showcase: Elite 2012 Prospects: Mitch McGary, Ricky Ledo, T.J. Warren, Hanner Perea, JaKarr Sampson http://t.co/FJxxndAI|
St. John's, Freshman
H: 6' 8"|
W: 204 lbs
(20 Years Old)
|Pick: 42 in 2014 Mock Draft |
Rank 22 in NCAA Freshmen
High School: St. Vincent-St. Mary
Hometown: Akron, OH
|Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert||Bench Press||Lane Agility||3/4 Court Sprint||Class Rank|
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|2011 National Prep Showcase: Elite 2012 Prospects|
November 23, 2011
A player we evaluated here last year and who was supposed to be heading to St. John's this year, JaKarr Sampson (#32 ESPN 2011, #41 Scout 2011, #51 Rivals 2011) was declared academically ineligible prior to this season and is back in prep school for another year. Sampson would've been the Red Storm's highest rated recruit according to most services, and watching him here it's easy to see why.
Sampson is one of the most physically gifted players we observed this weekend, possessing excellent length and athleticism, great size for the small forward position (and solid size for a combo forward), and a skinny, but wiry strong frame. What sets him apart as a prospect, however, is his outstanding ability on the defensive end, as he possesses outstanding tools and equally strong fundamentals to go along with them.
Sampson plays a very aggressive style both on and off the ball on defense, getting right up into his man, keeping his center of gravity low, and constantly moving his feet. He does a great job both contesting perimeter shots and sticking to his man like glue on drives to the basket, while his combination of length and athleticism make him theoretically capable of possibly defending all five positions at the college level. His isolation fundamentals, lateral quickness, and ability to stick with his man off the ball are all at extremely high levels, and he should be able to immediately contribute in this regard from day one collegiately.
On the offensive end, Sampson is far more limited as a player and nowhere near as polished, but he's found ways to consistently contribute and has done a good job learning to play to his strengths in his extended pre-collegiate career. The area Sampson is most effective contributing on offense is attacking on cuts and offensive rebounds, utilizing his physical tools and relentless motor to constantly look for straight lines to the rim. He is always looking for backdoor cut opportunities and is equally aggressive jetting to the rim as soon as a teammate puts a shot in the air, and he uses his tools very well to finish in these situations, something we didn't always see last year.
As far as his more conventional offense goes, Sampson is about as raw as you can get, being a very weak ball-handler and shooter. Sampson's shooting form is pretty bad, as he brings the ball across his body with an awkward motion with poor mechanics and equally poor accuracy. His dribble-drive game is marginally further along, due solely to his flashes of a great first step, but he doesn't really possess the control to take advantage of it on mostly straight-line drives, let alone anything else.
Looking forward, Sampson's excellent abilities on the defensive end, offensive glass, scoring on off-ball cuts, and his physical tools should allow him to be an instant impact college player in the right situation, and make him an intriguing role player prospect down the road. Given his prolonged time in prep school and the potentially low ceiling for his offensive skill set, Sampson may not develop into much more than what he already is, but his combination of skills and tools make him a potentially interesting and valuable prospect in the future.
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2010 National Prep Showcase: Elite 2011 Prospects
November 23, 2010
The most highly touted player in Steve Lavin's 2011 recruiting class at a resurging St. John's program, Jakarr Sampson (#22 Scout, #44 Rivals, #33 ESPN) showed both the good and the bad of his game this weekend in New Haven.
An incredibly long and athletic forward with prototypical physical tools for an NBA small forward, Sampson isn't terribly skilled at this point, but would be a useful player to have on any team's roster.
Sampson's best attributes as a prospect mainly revolve around his work on the defensive end. He has the lateral quickness to guard pretty much any position, and will regularly step out onto the perimeter and create havoc with his ability to put pressure on the ball. Sampson is an active, pesky defender who plays with great intensity, and likes to get his hands in all kinds of places to come up with extra possessions for his team. He has excellent timing getting in the passing lanes and rotating for blocked shots from the weak side, and has a knack for coming up with rebounds, particularly on the offensive glass.
Offensively, Sampson is still a work in progress, and seems to have both the skill-set and mentality of a complimentary player, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. He can handle the ball in transition a bit and will get to the rim on occasion thanks to his quick first step, but isn't much of a shot-creator and lacks the strength and footwork to take advantage of his superior size in mismatch situations in the post. To reach his full potential as a prospect, he'll need to improve on his perimeter shooting ability, starting with his shooting mechanics, which aren't very good. Sampson's experience level and overall feel for the game isn't off charts, but he's more than willing to make the extra pass and appears to be an excellent teammate.
Despite Sampson's lofty recruiting rankings, St. John's fans shouldn't look at him as being any kind of savior, as he's more of a terrific role player than a true go-to guy and might need some time to get his feet wet in the college game. Nevertheless, Sampson has considerable upside thanks to his physical tools and versatility, and could emerge as a very interesting prospect down the road if he continues to improve his all-around polish.
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