Brandon Sampson’s journey from LSU to the professional ranks will include a stop at the Pro Basketball Combine, the event announced last week.
The PBC is a “secondary draft combine designed to give players an opportunity to showcase their talents in hopes of being selected to play professional basketball,” according to the event’s website. Four players who attended last year’s PBC have signed NBA contracts since, including former Tiger and current Bulls two-way player Antonio Blakeney, who earned G-League Rookie of the Year honors in 2017-18.
The 2018 PBC will take place May 22 and 23 at the IMG Academy in Brandenton, Fla. Last year’s combine also produced 11 G-League players and eight who went on to play overseas. Participants will undergo NBA combine testing, private workouts and scrimmages, and interviews with front office personnel. Other announced participants include Xavier’s Kaiser Gates, Kansas’ Lagerald Vick, and UCLA’s LiAngelo Ball.
Sampson left LSU after averaging 7.7 points per game in 2017-18 in 27 appearances, with nine starts. He missed time with an ankle injury before SEC play and shot 48 percent from the floor and 35 percent from 3. His most productive season as a Tiger came in 2016-17, when he averaged 11.6 points per game, starting 26 times in 31 games.
For his career, Sampson averaged 7.9 points per game, with a career-high of 24 points and four games of at least 20 points. He has been working out in Miami since leaving LSU in preparation for his professional career. Because he has signed with an agent, he is ineligible to return to the program.