St. John's recruit Sampson looks elsewhere

September, 28, 2011
JaKarr Sampson -- one of the three St. John's incoming freshmen declared academically ineligible for the fall semester -- has officially re-opened his recruitment.

Sampson's coach at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire -- where Sampson played last season, and where he has returned following the NCAA's inelgibility ruling on Sept. 15 -- tweeted on Thursday that Sampson will take an official visit to Baylor this weekend.

There were conflicting reports in recent days on whether Sampson was indeed re-opening his recruitment and considering other schools. The Brewster coach, Jason Smith, also tweeted on Wednesday that St. John's assistant coach Mike Dunlap was scheduled to visit Brewster to visit with Sampson that day.

If he is declared academically eligible, Sampson could still elect to enroll at St. John's or another school for the second semester of this school year. Or he could postpone beginning his college career until the 2012-2013 season.

Sampson -- a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward from Akron, Ohio -- was rated the No. 32 high school senior in the country in 2011 by ESPNU.
Kieran Darcy is an staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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