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76ers send rookie JaKarr Sampson to the D-League

JaKarr will continue to develop his game.

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After a slow start with the Philadelphia 76ers, former Johnnies star JaKarr Sampson has been sent down to the Delaware 87ers of the D-League.

JaKarr, who was undrafted, played in nine games for Philadelphia averaging only 2 points per game along with 1.7 rebounds per game. He started in two of those nine games.

After having some tough times where he turned the ball over at a high rate, the 6' 9" forward started to lose minutes.

The 76ers believe he will develop better down in the D-League where he is capable of gaining more playing time. The team has a logjam in their rotation and JaKarr wasn't playing well enough to play major minutes.

During his sophomore year with the Red Storm, JaKarr Sampson averaged 12.8 points per game and decided to place his name in the NBA Draft to jumpstart his development, instead of returning for another year of college.

JaKarr will continue to build muscle, work on his handle and work on his jump shot and until those areas are corrected he will not break a rotation on a NBA roster.

Even though he will be participating in minor form of professional basketball, being able to see a lot of time on the court is crucial to gaining experience on that level - the first step in what could be a solid career for the former St. John's forward.