50 Ralph Sampson III  
Ralph Sampson III

Hometown:
Duluth, Ga.

High School:
Northview

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 241

Position:
F/C


03/27/2012

Gophers Escape 68-67 in Overtime, Advance to NIT Championship

Andre Hollins led the Gophers with 20 points in semifinal win over Washington

03/13/2012

Gophers Open National Invitational Tournament at La Salle

This is the Program's 14th Appearance in the Postseason Tournament

03/08/2012

Gophers Survive in Overtime, Defeat Northwestern at B1G Tournament

Freshman Andre Hollins led the Gophers with career-high 25 points in 75-68 win.

03/07/2012

Gophers Open B1G Tournament Against Northwestern

Game scheduled to tip at 4:30 p.m. from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis

03/03/2012

Postgame Quotes

Postgame Quotes

03/04/2012

Minnesota-Nebraska Highlights

The Golden Gophers capped the regular season with a win over Nebraska.

02/15/2012

Get to Know Ralph

Get to know Gopher senior Ralph Sampson III.

11/22/2011

G-60: Ralph Sampson III

Ralph Sampson III is featured in this week's G-60.

03/03/2012

Minnesota vs. Nebraska - AP Photos

Minnesota vs. Nebraska - AP Photos

02/28/2012

Minnesota vs. Wisconsin - AP Photos

Minnesota vs. Wisconsin - AP Photos

11/14/2011

Minnesota 77, South Dakota 55 - AP Photos

Trevor Mbakwe scored a team-high 17 points.

Ralph Sampson III Bio & Stats Get Acrobat Reader

Milestones:
• Started his 100th career game against Purdue (1/8/12)
• Played in 125 career games, 7th on the Gophers' All-Time list
• Finished career third on the Gophers all-time blocks list with 203
• Scored 1,000th career point at Wisconsin (2/28/12), the 37th player in program history to reach the milestone.
• Finished career 34th on the Gophers' scoring list with 1.016 points
• Joined Kevin McHale, Randy Breuer, Michael Bauer & Mychal Thompson as the only players in program history to amass 1,000 pts, 500 rbs & 150 blks in a career.
• Dished out his 100th career assist vs. Akron (12/15/10)
• Played in his 100th career game against Fairfield (11/17/11)
• Grabbed his 600th career rebound vs. Wisconsin (2/9/12)
• Blocked his 200th career shot at Wisconsin (2/28/12)

2011-12 | Senior Season:
Set a career high with six assists to go with nine rebounds & eight points in the season opener against Bucknell (11/11) • missed the Mount St. Mary's game (11/21), as well as the games against Virginia Tech (11/30) and USC (12/3) with a sprained left ankle • played 19 minutes and scored 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench against Appalachian State (12/6) • started and led the Gophers with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists & four blocks against Saint Peter's (12/10) • scored a game-high 15 points and blocked four shots against North Dakota State (12/22) • tied a career-high with 22 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds at Illinois (12/27) • grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds and scored six points at Michigan (1/1) • finished with a team-high eight rebounds at Indiana (1/12) • scored 10 points and tied for the team-high with six boards against Northwestern (1/22) • led the team with 13 points at Iowa (2/1) • scored eight points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds against Michigan State (2/22) • went over the 1,000 career point plateu with eight points against Wisconsin (2/28) - also contributed seven rebounds & five blocks • scored 12 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots against Nebraska (3/3), his final regular-season game at Williams Arena • did not play in the Big Ten Tournament (3/8 &3/9) or the NIT (3/14-29) due to a sprained right knee • letterwinner.

2010-11 | Junior Season:
Pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds against Wofford (11/12) • Blocked a Puerto Rico Tip-Off record 7 shots against Western Kentucky • Averaged 12.0 ppg and 6.3 rpg at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off • Tied for the team-high with 13 points against Cornell (12/4) • Went 6-of-6 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line to finish with a game-high 19 points against Eastern Kentucky (12/11) • Tied for the team-high with 14 points and grabbed seven boards at Wisconsin (12/28) • Tied a career-high with seven blocks to go along with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists against Iowa (1/16) • Contributed 14 points and three assists in 36 minutes against Northwestern (1/26) • Scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists and blocked two shots at Purdue (1/29)
• Tied a career-high with 37 minutes played at Indiana (2/2) and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds • Finished with 14 points and four rebounds in 33 minutes played against Ohio State (2/6) • Collected his fourth career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Illinois (2/10) • Contributed 10 points and seven rebounds against Michigan State (2/22) • Scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds against Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament (3/10) • Letterwinner.

2009-10 | Sophomore Season:
Grabbed a then career-high nine rebounds and tied a career-high with three assists to go along with nine points in the season opener against Tennessee Tech (11/13) • collected a career-high 11 rebounds, blocked three shots and tied a career-high for the second consecutive game with three assists against Stephen F. Austin (11/16) • tied a career-high for the third-straight game with three assists and scored nine points in 19 minutes against Utah Valley (11/19) • scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots in 25 minutes against Brown (12/05) • scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in 24 minutes against Morgan State (12/08) • scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against St. Joseph's (12/12) for his first career double-double • finished with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, blocked three shots and grabbed four rebounds against Northern Illinois (12/15) • scored six points, grabbed six rebounds, tied a career-high with three assists and blocked three shots against South Dakota State (12/23) • missed games against Iowa (1/02) and Purdue (1/05) with a right ankle sprain • scored two points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots against Ohio State (1/9), his first game back after missing two games • scored 17 points and went 11-of-15 from the free-throw line against Indiana (1/17) • tied for the team-high with seven rebounds, scored five points and blocked three shots against Northwestern (1/26) • was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and contributed 11 points, four rebounds and a career-high four assists against Ohio State (1/31) • collected his second career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks against Penn State (2/06) • finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes against Wisconsin (2/18) • dished out a career-high five assists, scored 11 points and blocked two shots against Indiana (2/20) • scored a game and career-high 21 points, including his first career three-pointer, to go with seven rebounds against Purdue (2/24) • scored eight points with five rebounds in 24 minutes in the Big Ten Tournament opener agaisnt Penn State (3/11) • played 27 minutes and was held scoreless for the first time on the season in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals against Michigan State (3/12) • took a team high 11 shots and scored a team high 13 points in 24 minutes in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals against Purdue (3/13) • scored six points in 28 minutes in the Big Ten Tournament championship game against Ohio State (3/14) • averaged career-high 8.2 points per game and a career and team-high 5.8 rebounds • Letterwinner.

2008-09 | Freshman Season:
Averaged 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 15.0 minutes played per game in the NABC Classic • tallied nine points and grabbed five rebounds in 14 minutes in his Gopher debut against Concordia-St. Paul(11/14) in the first game of the NABC Classic • tied, a then career-high with nine points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in 16 minutes against Eastern Washington (11/26) • tallied a career-high 12 points, blocked three shots and dished out two assists in a career-high 23 minutes against North Dakota State (11/29) • played a career-high 25 minutes and scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds, stole a career-high two balls and blocked a shot against Cornell (12/6) • made first career start, scored 10 points and tied a career-high with four blocks in 22 minutes against South Dakota State (12/10) • started his third consecutive game and finished with a career-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and added six rebounds against High Point (12/28) • started his sixth consecutive game against Ohio State (1/3) and finished with five rebounds and four points in 17 minutes • started and finished with 10 points, three rebounds and three blocks in 23 minutes against Penn State (1/11) • scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots in 22 minutes against Wisconsin (1/15) • tied a career-high with seven rebounds and scored six points in 25 minutes against Purdue (1/22) • blocked a career-high six shots and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds to go along with 13 points while playing a career-high 30 minutes against Indiana (1/25) • scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds, tied a career-high with three assists while playing a career-high 31 minutes against Illinois (1/29) • swiped a career-high three balls, grabbed three rebounds while tying a career-high with 31 minutes played at Michigan State (2/4) • scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes against Indiana (2/10) • scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in 24 minutes against Illinois (2/26) • scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 22 minutes against Michigan (3/7) • averaged 6.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and a team-high 27.0 minutes per game in the Big Ten Tournament • set a school Big Ten Tournament record with five blocks against Northwestern in the Big Tournament opening round (3/12) • Letterwinner.

High School:
A graduate of Northview High School in Duluth, Ga. • averaged 19.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 7.0 blocks as a senior in leading Northview to its first state tournament appearance and a 21-9 record • named to the Atlanta All-Metro Team by the Atlanta Tipoff Club following his senior season • played in the Capital Classic All-Star game • led team to Georgia State Championship as a freshman and sophomore • named to All-State Tournament Team as a freshman and sophomore.

Personal:
Born January 5, 1990 • majoring in Communication Studies• son of Ralph Sampson, Jr. and Aleize Sampson • has three siblings: Rachel is a senior at Stanford,Robert is a senior in high school andAnna is 11• his father Ralph Sampson II, was one of the most heavily recruited players ever and eventually signed with the University of Virginia • father was one of only two male players in the history of college basketball to receive the Naismith Award as the National Player of the Year three times (Bill Walton of UCLA ) • was a No. 1 draft pick, three-time NBA All-Star, and Rookie of the Year for the Houston Rockets • played nine seasons in the NBA • has one older sister, Rachel, a younger brother, Robert and a younger sister, Anna. Robert is a sophomore on the basketball team ­­­at East Carolina.