ESPN's Finkelstein updates on Cassell, Sampson

ESPN basketball recruiting guru Adam Finkelstein checks in with a number of top prospects this morning, including Notre Dame Prep's Sam Cassell Jr. and Brewster Academy (N.H.) forward Jakarr Sampson.

You can check out the entire article here (Insider only). Below is what he had to say about Sampson and Cassell:

Sam Cassell Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep)

Cassell has been playing the best basketball of his career recently and his recruitment has really picked up as a result. Connecticut was the most recent school to come with a scholarship offer but Maryland made the biggest statement this weekend as head coach Mark Turgeon brought the full staff to support their backcourt target.

“I’m hearing the most from UConn, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, South Florida, and Washington,” Cassell said.

The 6-3 guard said he would wait until after the season came to an end before making his decision.

Jakarr Sampson (Akron, Ohio/Brewster Academy)

Sampson refuted claims that he had cut his list down to just two schools by saying that Baylor, Kansas, Louisville, Providence, St. John’s, and Florida were all still involved as of last Thursday afternoon.

With Kansas reportedly coming on strong, Providence certainly made a statement with not only its entire staff coming to the game but also several current players showing up.

“That was crazy how they all came,” Sampson said with a smile following his game. “Coach [Ed] Cooley, he’s a hard recruiter. I always see his face and always talk to him on the phone.”

Sampson also turned in a 22-point performance showing his versatility with an expanding offensive repertoire and his normal high motor and disruptive combination of length and quickness on the defensive end.