2025’s Garon Sampson brings a team-first mentality on the floor | Youth1

2025’s Garon Sampson brings a team-first mentality on the floor

Garon Sampson is one of the best players from the Houston, TX area in the Class of 2025.  


The 5-foot-9, 130-pound Sampson, who attends Twin Creeks Middle School, is a dynamic player that works as a small forward and power forward for Hoop Dreams Elite. 



Sampson was a member of the district champion Twin Creeks squad and has won several tournaments with Hoop Dreams Elite. Sampson is grateful to showcase his skills against top-notch talent. 


“The recognition and rewards mean a lot to me because I love playing in big games and beating teams,” Sampson said. “The experience was great. I like being in the moment and helping my team dominate our opponents.”


No matter the opponent, every game Sampson is determined to give it his all. 


Sampson is going all out. 


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Sampson steps between the lines.


“My mindset is to be an all-around player on offense,” Sampson said. “If we need a point, I want to be able to make the right play, even if it’s a pass. On defense I want to guard the best.”


Sampson has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. Sampson tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much. 


“What I love the most about playing is scoring and getting steals and winning,” Sampson said. 


Sampson has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life. 


“Playing basketball has taught me never to give up and to keep trying hard,” Sampson said. 


Sampson shares his favorite memory of playing basketball. 


“One of my best moments in basketball was with Hoop Dreams Elite,” Sampson said. “We played an older team and they were beating us by 20 points in the second half and we came all the way back with good defense and by playing as a team.”


Sampson takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Sampson makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“I demonstrate being a good teammate by always stepping up and always having good hustle on the court to help them have an easier game,” Sampson said. “The best advice I give my teammates is to keep pushing and play hard no matter what.”


Sampson is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“I learned to be a leader through my coaches from Twin Creeks and my coach from Hoop Dreams and to play together,” Sampson said. “The best advice my coaches gave me is to play through the refs. No matter if the calls don’t go my way, keep playing and keep my focus.”


Sampson patterns his mentality after these standouts.  


“I look up to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kyrie Irving,” Sampson said. 


Sampson lists social studies as his favorite subject in school. 


“It teaches me more about my culture and how people before me lived,” Sampson said. 


Sampson explains his collegiate aspirations. 


“The college I want to go to is Duke because they have a good team and good academics,” Sampson said. 


Sampson is striving for greatness in all that he does. 


“My goal on the court is to win however we can. I would rather have a bad game and win,” Sampson said. “Off the court, I just want to get good grades and pass my classes and listen to my parents.”



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