Credit Madison Prep basketball star Brandon Sampson for providing the best curveball of the spring season.
Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones contacted media Sunday to announce that the 6-foot-5 Sampson will sign with a college at 10 a.m. Monday at the school.
The abrupt decision to sign comes three weeks after Sampson announced he was reopening his recruitment after St. John’s fired Steve Lavin as its coach. Sampson, who committed to the Red Storm earlier this year, said then he wouldn’t decide on a school until late May or early June.
Since then, Sampson, Louisiana’s top 2015 recruit, has been voted the Outstanding Player in Class 1A and Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball. He averaged 15.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while leading the Chargers to the 1A state title.
“This is one of the things with recruiting,” Jones said. “He’s decided he wants to go ahead and sign.”
LSU was an original finalist for Sampson and has remained in the recruiting picture. New St. John’s coach Chris Mullin was the latest coach to visit with Sampson over the weekend. SMU coach Larry Brown also came to Baton Rouge to visit. A planned weekend visit by Sampson to SMU was canceled.
Another new coach, former Southern University player and NBA player coach Avery Johnson of Alabama also jumped into the recruiting fray for Sampson. Oklahoma State and former LSU assistant Butch Pierre also has been among Sampson’s suitors.