Sampson named Big East Rookie of Year

March, 12, 2013
St. John's forward Jakarr Sampson was named the Big East Rookie of the Year on Tuesday.

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Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsJakarr Sampson averaged 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a St. John's freshman.
Sampson, a 6-foot-8 forward from Akron, Ohio, was the leading freshman scorer in the conference this season, averaging 14.9 points per game. He's also the Red Storm's leading rebounder, averaging 6.6 boards per game.

This is the second consecutive season a St. John's player has won the award. Last year, Maurice Harkless won the award, and elected to turn pro afterward. He ended up being selected 15th overall in the NBA draft.

Sampson could choose to jump ship, too. His numbers this season are similar to Harkless' a year ago (15.3 PPG, 8.6 RPG). He is listed as the No. 138 prospect and No. 29 power forward by draft expert Chad Ford.

Sampson said Tuesday that he has yet to make a decision on his future.

"I'm not sure yet. I don't want to judge myself. I'm developing and trying to get better every day," Sampson said. "It's for the people in the NBA to decide if I'm ready. I won't go to the NBA unless I feel my game is ready for it.

"I still have a lot of growing to do and need to polish my game. I'm not in any rush to make a decision. I want to take my time."
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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