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Monday / May 28.
  • JaKarr Sampson Likely to Reclassify

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    Onetime St. John’s signee JaKarr Sampson is likely to go to college in the fall of 2012 instead of at the semester break this year, according to his AAU coach.

    “Since Brewster is on trimesters it’s going to be kind of difficult to get him in in December,” Don Anderson told SNY.tv. “I think that JaKarr is probably leaning toward just going ahead and reclassifying for a 2012 kid.”

    There had been some thought that the 6-foot-8 Sampson could enter St. John’s or another school in December. Amir Garrett and Norvel Pelle, the two other St. John’s signees declared ineligible by the NCAA, both hope to join St. John’s in December, their prep coaches told SNY.tv.

    Sampson though will likely spend a full postgraduate year at Brewster on a team that features N.C.-State bound wing T.J. Warren and power forward Mitch McGary, who is expected to announce for Michigan Thursday.

    “His grades are super-good,” Anderson said of Sampson. “He needed three classes but he’s taking four and he’s in the upper 80s, low 90s in all his classes and he’s enjoying himself up at Brewster.”

    Anderson said Sampson remains in touch with St. John’s but is also hearing from Pittsburgh, Baylor, Kansas, Providence, Florida and Miami, among others. He recently took a visit to Baylor.

    “His recruitment is still open but St John’s is one of the schools that he’s considering,” Anderson said.

    “They are still recruiting him and doing what they do to get him to come back to the school.”

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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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.