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Louisiana shooting guard cuts list to six

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One of the top pure scorers in the class of 2015, shooting guard Brandon Sampson is coming off of a strong summer. He's not planning to decide until the spring, but the four-star has cut his list to six schools.
A 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Prep, Sampson currently ranks No. 55 in the class of 2015 and feels that he had a good summer.
"I think it went pretty well," Sampson told Rivals.com. "I went to all the camps and had a good time at all the camps and on the Under Armour circuit. I think I performed pretty well especially at Pangos where i was top five in scoring."
When you see Sampson play, his jump shot immediately stands out. He shoots a clean and confident jumper that features a quick release. However, he can handle the ball a bit too and is strong enough to play some point in a pinch.
"I try play with a motor and I try to be more than just a scorer," said Sampson. "I try to facilitate for other people but I can score a bit. I guess it comes easy to me sometimes but every time I step on the court I try to make myself play with more energy because some people say I'm more laid back.
"Some coaches feel that I can play the one or the two."
Given his scoring ability and overall versatility, there has been no shortage of programs looking to get involved with Sampson. However, he just cut his list down to six schools.
"It's going to be his final six," said Madison coach Jeff Jones. "It's going to be California, UCLA, Oklahoma State, LSU, St. John's and Texas A&M."
According to coach Jones, Sampson is in the process of setting up visits but isn't in any rush because he will wait until the spring.
"Brandon wants to sign in the late period so he doesn't want to take his all five of his visits this fall," said Jones. "Some of those schools he wants to see during basketball season and not fall so he's going to take his team.
"He kind of wants to look at the coaching and player situations. He would like to be able to come in and start as a freshman if possible and he can see how the rosters shake out. Also, he really wants to see how everybody plays during the season and the way they do things."
Sampson echoed his coaches comments about waiting. By waiting until the spring he will know exactly who is at each program and if what he has been told is true so there is no rush to get a decision out of the way.
"I want to see what players commit and what system I fit in the bet," said Sampson. "I want to go to the best situation for me. Maybe somewhere that I can come in and start and be a good system player for that team and fit that role well."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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