JaKarr Sampson is developing good habits.
Sampson, the St. John's freshman standout forward, is making a habit of earning Big East Rookie of the Week. On Monday, he was given the honor for a league-leading fourth time after his Johnnies went 2-0 to get their conference record back to .500 at 3-3.
The freshman was important in both of St. John's (11-7, 3-3 Big East) key victories last week. In the 67-63 win over #20 Notre Dame, Sampson scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. Four days later, he contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds in the Red Storm's 71-62 win at DePaul.
Sampson is having an impressive first campaign for Steve Lavin's young squad, averaging 13.6 points (second on team behind D`Angelo Harrison) and 6.6 rebounds (leads team). League-wide, he ranks 19th (first among freshmen) and 11th (also first among freshmen) in both categories respectively.
With his fourth Rookie of the Week selection and statistical standing, JaKarr is certainly the front-runner for Big East Rookie of the Year. Former St. John's forward Moe Harkless was awarded the same honor last season.
Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick was named the Big East Player of the Week after leading the Bearcats to two wins. Otto Porter (Georgetown), Russ Smith (Louisville), Eric Atkins (Notre Dame), Bryce Cotton (Providence), and Brandon Triche (Syracuse) were recognized in the Big East weekly honor roll.