Jakarr Sampson was the most highly-touted of the nine St. John’s newcomers, ranking in the top 40 by nearly every outlet.
Of course, on Thursday, he was also one of three Red Storm freshmen ruled ineligible for the first semester by the NCAA.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Ohio has not decided on his next move yet.
“Nothing definitive as of yet,” Don Anderson, his former AAU coach, said.
There are a few options: he could head back to Brewster Academy (N.H.) for another prep year, or he could go to a different prep school and take classes in order to get cleared as soon as possible.
Since Sampson never officially enrolled at St. John’s, he can still go back to St. John’s or any Big East school if he does another year at Brewster. Had he enrolled, he would be ineligible to go to a Big East college – including St. John’s – if he did another prep year.
Anderson also cleared up rumors that Sampson has opened up his recruitment.
“No he hasn’t,” Anderson said.
Looks like this will be a situation that continues to evolve.