Red Storms grabs 6-11 high school standout Delarosa and 6-8 NJCAA All-American Thomas.
2013 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year tips off professional career in Orlando in July.
Rising senior tabbed the NYC collegiate player of the year; Sampson earns second team nod.
BIG EAST All-Rookie team member averaged 11.2 points, 3.4 assists in conference play.
March 24, 2014
Red Storm Report Episode 6
Postgame Highlights & Press Conference: St. John's 74, Marquette 59
SJU-TV Feature: JaKarr Sampson
Pregame Media Availability: Wisconsin
Tip Off Intro Video 2013
Sophomore Forward JaKarr Sampson declares for the 2014 NBA Draft on March 25, 2014.
St. John's suffers a 89-78 loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT Tournament.
BIG EAST Tournament Championship Quarterfinal: Providence 79, St. John's 74
St. John's defeats DePaul, 72-64, on Senior Day at Madison Square Garden on March 2, 2014.
USATSI Gallery, men's basketball
On Sampson: A long, athletic, slashing scorer ... a noted shot-blocker and prolific offensive and defensive rebounder ... was rated as high as the No. 11 player at his position and the No. 31 overall prospect originally in the Class of 2011 ... dynamic on-court game only eclipsed by his buoyant personality.
Steve Lavin On Sampson: "JaKarr is a skilled and athletically dynamic basketball player with the ability to influence the game at both ends of the floor. His ability to create off the dribble, slash to the basket and finish at the rim gives him distinction among his peers. JaKarr has a strong work ethic and is an eager student of the game. His enthusiasm and passion for competing will have a contagious effect on his teammates."
At Brewster Academy: Named the NEPSAC AAA Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the National Prep Championship during his postgraduate year at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., in 2011-12 ... keyed the Bobcats to a 33-1 record and the 2012 national tournament title in New Haven, Conn. ... first team All-NEPSAC performer ... averaged 18.5 points per game and 11.0 rebounds to lift Brewster to the No. 1 prep school ranking for 18-consecutive weeks and a top five overall finish ... led his squad to a 130-127 victory during the April 6, 2012, Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic all-star game at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. ... scored 18 points on 9-of-11 field goals and grabbed six boards in 25 minutes of play ... a first team All-NEPSAC performer in 2010-11, leading Brewster to a 31-3 record ... averaged 15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 3.0 blocks per outing as a senior ... played for the East Team alongside St. John's Maurice Harkless and competing against current teammate D'Angelo Harrison in the inaugural All-American Classic in Houston at the 2011 Final Four ... scored 10 points in that contest on 4-of-9 field goals and added four boards and a steal ... coach at Brewster Academy was Jason Smith.
At. St. Vincent-St. Mary: Averaged 14.0 points per game and 8.0 rebounds as a junior in 2009-10 for the same high school attended by NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist LeBron James ... led St. Vincent-St. Mary to a state title in 2009 ... played summer basketball for the King James Shooting Stars, named for his hometown hero.
Personal: JaKarr Jordan Sampson ... born in Cleveland, Ohio ... son of Dawnette Epps and Darrel Sampson ... has two brothers, D.J. (22) and Justin (13) ... majoring in liberal studies and interested in business.
Up Close With JaKarr Sampson