Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
There is a lot of movement with St. John’s once heralded recruiting class.
JaKarr Sampson, a 6-foot-8 forward, has decommitted and will re-open his recruitment.
“Yes,” said Brewster (N.H.) Academy coach Jason Smith.
Sampson was one of three St. John’s signees declared academically ineligible by the NCAA. He then opted to return to Brewster for a postgraduate year.
Meantime, Amir Garrett, another member of that trio, is now at Bridgton (Maine) Academy.
Garrett joins a team that features 2012 St. John’s commit Darrick Wood and former Hofstra commit Malik Nichols.
Bridgton coach Whit Lesure said the plan was to try to get Garrett eligible for the second semester in December.
“I would say that that’s the plan,” he told SNY.tv. ‘I know our college counselor was with him today and visited with me quickly.
“To be honest, that’s more St. John’s business than mine. That’s Amir’s business.”
Norvel Pelle, a 6-10 center, is the third member of the trio, and his status remains in limbo.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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