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