Ralph Sampson III
Sampson with Minnesota in 2009.
|No. 50 – Nilan Bisons Loimaa|
January 5, 1990 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Northview (Johns Creek, Georgia)|
|NBA draft||2012 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2012–present|
|2012–2013||Reno Bighorns (D-League)|
|2013–present||Loimaa Bisons (Finland)|
Ralph Sampson III's father Ralph Sampson, Jr. was the first overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft and a 4-time NBA All-Star. Born in Duluth, Georgia, Ralph Sampson III graduated from Northview of Johns Creek, Georgia in 2008. Sampson led the Northview basketball team to the state championship games in his freshman and sophomore years, 2005 and 2006. In his senior year, Northview went 21-9 and made the state tournament for the first time. Sampson averaged 19.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 7.0 blocks as a senior.
During his freshman year at the University of Minnesota (2008-09 season), the 6' 11" Sampson started every Big Ten Conference game, helped the Gophers earn a NCAA tournament bid, and finished second on the team in both rebounds and blocked shots per game. Sampson started at forward and center in his sophomore and junior seasons for the Gophers and saw his minutes, points, and blocks per game increase each year. However, Sampson's senior year at Minnesota was a disappointment due to injuries. As one of the lone veterans on the team, Sampson's stats declined as he played nearly six fewer minutes per game than he did his junior season while averaging only 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. After injuring his knee during a practice in March, Sampson was inactive for the rest of the season including the Big Ten tournament and the postseason NIT. Despite being injured during his senior year, Ralph finished as one of the top three Golden Gopher centers of all time. He joined Kevin McHale and Mychal Thompson as one of the only Minnesota centers to amass more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 200 blocks during their respective collegiate careers.
After going undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft, he joined the Charlotte Bobcats for the 2012 NBA Summer League. In November 2012, Sampson was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. In his debut with Reno, a 101-95 loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors on November 30, 2012, Sampson played 12 minutes and scored 2 points off 1-for-2 shooting. He also made 2 rebounds and 1 block.
- Hartman, Sid (30 January 2009). "Ralph Sampson III leans on father for guidance". Star Tribune. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- "Ralph Sampson III". Minnesota Golden Gophers. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
- Charlotte Bobcats Announce Roster for 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas
- NBA Development League: Warriors at Bighorns Game Info – November 30, 2012
- RALPH SAMPSON III BIISONIPAITAAN