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JaKarr Sampson: St. John’s Freshman Airballs Uncontested Lay-up (Video)

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The St. John’s Red Storm landed one of the best recruits in the country in JaKarr Sampson last year. Unfortunately, yesterday wasn’t one of Samspon’s best days as a basketball player.

In his collegiate debut Samspon had 2 points while going 1 for 7 from the floor. However Sampson wasn’t afraid and played aggressively in his 18 minutes of action. Well, maybe overly excited is a better way to describe it.

Not every highlight play can be a positive one as the video shows. Thankfully for the Red Storm, Sampson’s ill-fated attempt of making Sportcenter had no effect on the outcome of the game. St. John’s was able to squeeze by the Detroit Titans in their opening day match-up.

Sampson’s play might have been disappointing yesterday but fellow super-freshman Chris Obekpa had a historic night. Obekpa had a school-record 8 blocks last night and helped lead the young Red Storm to victory.

For Sampson that missed lay-up(dunk) will likely be the low-light of his collegiate career. I can’t imagine him having another moment where he just looks as bad as he did in that one play. But thanks to Sampson the St. John’s faithful do have something to laugh at today as well as celebrate.

So here is to you Mr. Sampson, the most interesting dunking air ball guy in all the land. He doesn’t always miss the basket in its entirety, yet when he does, it’s against the Detroit Titans.

Joe covers the Big East for Rant Sports and sincerely apologizes for that played joke. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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NCAA Tournament Profile: St. John's Red Storm

Record: 21-11

RPI: 37

BPI: 51

Conference: Big East Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 9 seed in South


The St. John’s Red Storm have been a tough puzzle to solve ever since Steve Lavin took over as head coach. Lavin has recruited like a boss, but his teams simply have not met expectations. Well, his team didn’t blow us all away this year, but it will be partaking in the 2015 NCAA tournament. It is all about those baby steps.

This is the Red Storm’s first appearance since 2011. Needless to say, the team was well overdue.


What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: D’Angelo Harrison (17.5 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Sir’Dominic Pointer (7.6 RPG)

Leading Passer: Rysheed Jordan (3.1 APG)

Bad Losses: DePaul, Creighton, Seton Hall

Good Wins: Providence (twice), Xavier (twice), Syracuse, Georgetown


If everything comes together, St. John’s could be one of the biggest surprises of the tournament. That may be asking for a lot, though. This team did lose 11 times on the season.

If you are looking for a player who can score at will, look no further than D’Angelo Harrison. Harrison is a senior, so you better believe he will be playing every game like it is his last because … well, every game could realistically be his last. Fun fact: Harrison has averaged over 16 points per game all four years at St. John’s — he is the real deal, folks.

St. John’s wasn’t the most consistent team in the country, so it will be interesting to see which Red Storm team shows up — the one that lost three in a row at one point, or the one that started the season off with an 11-1 record.

The St. John’s Red Storm are dancing!

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Will this finally be the year that Steve Lavin coaches his St. John's Red Storm on a deep run? Whether the case, they enter the dance with some talent.

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