St. John's Sampson Named BIG EAST Rookie Of The Week A Second Time|
Dec. 10, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - For the second time in three weeks, St. John's freshman forward JaKarr Sampson was honored as the BIG EAST Conference's Rookie of the Week, announced by the league on Monday.
Sampson, who was also awarded the league's top freshman honor on Nov. 26, adds this accolade to a total of five BIG EAST awards amassed by the Red Storm in the young 2012-13 season. Sophomore guard D'Angelo Harrison is a three-time member of the conference's weekly honor roll, from Nov. 19, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. 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.
Sampson averaged 19.0 points per game during a 1-1 week for the Red Storm, hitting at a 47.0 percent clip from the field (16-of-34) and adding 6.5 rebounds, with six of 13 total boards coming on the offensive end. He totaled 16 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals in a 58-47 win against Fordham on Saturday. In an 81-65 loss at San Francisco earlier in the week, Sampson scored a career-high 22 points.
The No. 31 overall prospect in the Class of 2011, Sampson has begun to display his prowess with a team-leading 6.9 rpg to go along with 13.8 ppg and a pair of preseason dunks that were selected as ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 plays. Sampson's rebounding and scoring averages rank tied for 13th and 20th, respectively, among all BIG EAST players, and his 1.7 rejections are listed ninth and 103rd in the nation.
NCAA Statistics Notes: Monday, Dec. 10
St. John's (7-3) will meet longtime interborough rival St. Francis (2-5) in the BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival at the new Barclays Center on Sat., Dec. 15. The Red Storm meets the Terriers at 5 p.m. in a tripleheader, which will also feature Michigan vs. WVU at 7:30 p.m. and Fordham vs. Princeton earlier at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available by clicking here.