Sampson Earns League-Leading Fourth BIG EAST Rookie Of The Week Honor|
Jan. 21, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - For a league-leading fourth time this season, St. John's freshman forward JaKarr Sampson was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.
The award gives St. John's a total of 10 BIG EAST Weekly accolades in the season's first 10 weeks. Classmate Chris Obekpa was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week last week on Jan. 14. Sophomore guard D'Angelo Harrison was selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 17 and Jan. 7.
Sampson, who was also awarded the league's top freshman honor on Nov. 26, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, averaged 13.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week, helping St. John's improve to 3-3 in BIG EAST play. He scored 17 points with four rebounds, one block, one assist and one steal in a 67-63 victory over then-No. 20/20 Notre Dame on Jan. 15, and had 10 points and five boards in a 71-62 win at DePaul on Jan. 19.
Sampson leads BIG EAST freshmen in both scoring (13.6 ppg, tied for 19th overall) and rebounding (6.6 rpg, 11th overall). His rejections (1.3, tied for ninth) and defensive rebounds per game (4.7, 11th) are listed among the BIG EAST Conference leaders. Two of Sampson's preseason dunks were selected as SportsCenter Top 10 plays.
Of note, St. John's Moe Harkless was a two-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week before going on to capture conference Rookie of the Year honors last season.
NCAA Statistics Notes: Monday, Dec. 21
Next, St. John's (11-7, 3-3 BIG EAST) completes its home-and-home series with Rutgers (12-5, 3-3 BIG EAST) on Jan. 23, traveling to Piscataway for a 7:30 p.m. game on SNY.
Keeping the Jersey theme for a second straight game, Seton Hall (12-6, 1-4 BIG EAST) visits The Garden for a regular season St. John's home game for the first time since 2005-06 on Sunday, Jan. 27. The noon contest will air on the MSG Network. DePaul (10-8, 1-4 BIG EAST) visits Carnesecca Arena to wrap up the home-and-home on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in a 9 p.m. nationally-televised contest on ESPNU.
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