Highly recruited shooting guard Brandon Sampson of Madison Prep (Louisiana) has committed verbally to St. John's for the 2015-16 season, his high school coach said on Monday. The 6-4 Sampson, considered to be among the top 50 high school seniors in the country, also had been looking at USC and California.
"St. John's has been recruiting him pretty consistently for the last four years," Madison Prep coach and athletic director Jeff Jones said from Baton Rouge.
Jones said Sampson, who is averaging 17 points, officially will sign in April. St. John's is not permitted to discuss potential recruits.
"He just had a great rapport with coach [Steve] Lavin," Jones said. "Brandon's been real consistent in terms of what he said he wanted, which was to play as a freshman, have an opportunity to start and make an impact on a program.
"With D'Angelo [Harrison] graduating, he has the opportunity for that. He also is excited about coming to play in Madison Square Garden and the Big East, all those perks. New York City is the major media market of the world, and he's excited about all of that."
Jones said Sampson's game has been compared to Golden State star Stephen Curry and Minnesota rookie guard Zach LaVine.
"He shoots it like Curry and he's athletic like LaVine," Jones said. "You're going to see a very exciting player."