JaKarr Sampson received a ton of flack for leaving St. John's University early, but the talented forward from Akron, Ohio, should find himself on an NBA team eventually.
He may need to spend a year in the D-League, especially if playing time in the NBA isn't available, but he could potentially become a solid rotation player for many years to come and is worth signing.
The biggest knock on Sampson is his rawness, but had he stayed for another season with the Red Storm, his growth may have been stunted beyond repair.
Under head coach Steve Lavin, Sampson had been asked to play power forward, and the natural 3 spent a lot of time out of position and away from developing in the triple threat and on the perimeter—where he would need to excel in order to reach his potential in college and succeed at the next level.
Sampson has potential to be reliable slasher and shooter off the dribble. He's got a nice frame that he will continue to grow into, and he will be serviceable defensively as he becomes stronger and more familiar with the physicality and pace of the NBA.
This is someone with first-round talent in him, and although patience will be needed, the reward is well worth the effort.