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.
Back From KU, Sampson Eyes Florida, Providence Visits
JaKarr Sampson was in the house at Allen Fieldhouse Saturday when Kansas beat Missouri, 87-86 in OT, in the latest, and perhaps, last edition of the Border War.
The 6-foot-8 Sampson visited Kansas along with 2012 late-signing studs Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker.
“It was a real good visit,” Don Anderson, Sampson’s AAU coach, told SNY.tv Sunday by phone. “They showed us the facilities and talked to JaKarr and told him what they wanted to do with him as far as him being a player. You know, doing it the Kansas Way.”
Sampson previously visited Baylor and is next eyeing trips to Providence and Florida.
“Providence and Florida are trying to get him to come,” Anderson said. “I don’t know when that’s going to take place. He said he wants to take a look at Florida and Providence.”
Anderson said Sampson was instead focused on playing with his unbeaten Brewster (N.H.) Academy team (29-0) — No. 1 in the Five Star Power Rankings — at the upcoming New England Prep School AAA Basketball Tournament on Feb. 29 at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.
After that comes the National Prep Championship March 6-7 at Albertus Magnus College.
St. John’s remains in the hunt for Sampson, who decommitted in the fall.
“St. John’s, he’s still looking at,” Anderson said. “He visited them. He wants to take a look at these other schools.”
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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