After meeting with Chris Mullin and his staff over the weekend in Louisiana, four-star guard and former St. John's commit Brandon Sampson will make a decision on his new home Monday morning.
According to Nola.com, Sampson's decision will come down to three schools.
Brandon Sampson will announce his college decision Monday morning at 10 a.m. and sign with the program of his choice.
Madison Prep's standout shooting guard is expected to choose between LSU, St. John's and Oklahoma State -- the three schools that appeared to have risen to the forefront of his renewed recruiting process during the past month.
The Baton Rouge native reopened his recruitment after Steve Lavin was fired from St. John's a week after the Johnnies' opening round loss to San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament. According to SNY and multiple other outlets, Sampson did not choose the Johnnies just because of his relationship with Lavin as he is very fond of playing in New York City at Madison Square Garden and he really liked the St. John's campus.
In addition to the three finalists, the 6'4" athletic shooting guard was also considering USC, California, UCLA and Texas A&M.
Sampson is elite in transition, has a smooth jump shot (solid three point shooter), has the ability to attack off the bounce and would be a perfect fit alongside soon-to-be junior Rysheed Jordan in the backcourt. The guard may need to work on his defense but with D'Angelo Harrison, Phil Greene and Jamal Branch graduating the Johnnies could use any playmakers offensively that they can get.
Sampson isn't the only former St. John's commit to reopen his recruitment as two-star guard from Phoenix, Arizona, Sammy Barnes-Thompkins, has decided to re-think where he'll play his college basketball, according to The Recruit Scoop. It's currently unclear if St. John's still remains in the mix for the combo guard as Mullin is looking to add his own recruits while also reaching out to players on the transfer market.
Barnes-Thompkins is a physical guard, who has the ability to score but he may be more suited for the mid-major level (other offers from Cal Poly, Rice, Sam Houston State, San Jose State, UC Davis).
Without Barnes-Thompkins, the Johnnies have three scholarships remaining for their 2015 roster.
The Johnnies also could have an update on another Lavin recruit later this week as Mullin and his staff will have a meeting with three-star point guard from Philadelphia, Samir Doughty, and his high school coach.
The 6'3" guard is a prospect out of the same AAU program as Jordan and his upside could be a factor for the Red Storm when they move forward without Jordan.
There is certainly a lot more to come for the Johnnies in this "offseason" period as they remain involved in Cheick Diallo and other uncommitted transfer prospects.