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.
St. John’s signee JaKarr Sampson will go back to Brewster (N.H.) Academy after he was deemed academically ineligible to play college basketball.
“JaKarr Sampson has decided to return to Brewster Academy as a post grad student and to further his education to complete his academic requirements to attend college,” his AAU coach, Don Anderson, said by text. “He wishes to thank everyone who played a part in this decision.”
Anderson said it was possible Sampson could become eligible in the second semester and join St. John’s in December.
“It’s whenever he becomes eligible,” he said.
Anderson said Sampson remains committed to St. John’s.
“Yes,” he said.
The 6-foot-8 Sampson is an Akron, Ohio native who spent last year at Brewster. He was one of three incoming St. John’s freshmen declared ineligible. Amir Garrett and Norvel Pelle are the other two.
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.