Already having added No. 1 overall player Ben Simmons and top 20 guard Antonio Blakeney, LSU added another member to its star-studded recruiting class when Brandon Sampson, from Madison Prep in Baton Rouge, decided to stay home and sign with the Tigers.
Sampson, a 6-4 guard, had decommitted from St. John’s following coach Steve Lavin’s departure. New coach Chris Mullin had made a push to keep Sampson, but he eventually chose LSU over St. John’s and Oklahoma State during a ceremony at his school Monday.
Sampson is considered the No. 52 player by the 247 Sports Composite and the top player in Louisiana. He averaged 15.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a senior as Madison Prep went 34-0 and won the Class 1A State Championship.
“We are excited about the addition of Brandon Sampson to our basketball team,” said LSU coach Johnny Jones. “Brandon has the ability to score efficiently from all three levels. He can shoot the three, score from mid-range and, because of his athleticism, he is able to finish plays at the rim. He has the uncanny ability of making other people around him better. We look forward to Brandon making an immediate impact with our program.”
Along with the three freshman, LSU add former four-star prospect and Arizona transfer Craig Victor. Victor was the No. 40 power forward in the nation out of New Orleans in 2014 and will be eligible to play at LSU in the 2015-16 season.
According to the 247 Sports Composite rankings, Sampson’s addition has jumped LSU into No. 1 overall in the recruiting ranks for the Class of 2016.
Rivals has LSU at No. 2 on its overall rankings.
Blakeney, from Oak Ridge in Florida, reacted to the news immediately on Twitter: