Sampson to transfer to Georgia Tech

Robert Sampson will transfer to Georgia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference for his final year of eligibility.

Sampson is a name that will always be synonymous with basketball excellence, particularly in ACC circles, where many remember 7-foot-4 Ralph Sampson's monstrous build and freakish talent. Under head coach Terry Holland, he put up astronomical numbers as a member of the Virginia Cavaliers from 1979-1983.

Similar to his father, Robert played under Holland at East Carolina, where the former coach served as the director of athletics until passing on the baton to Jeff Compher in May.

Three years and a CIT championship later, Robert has decided to follow in his father's footsteps and take his talents to the ACC. Though, instead of Virginia, the 6-foot-8 forward will transfer to Georgia Tech.

Yellow Jackets head coach Brian Gregory announced Sampson's decision via Twitter on Monday.

"Excited to announce that Robert Sampson has joined the #GaTech program. Welcome to the Yellow Jacket Family."

Sampson has a year left of eligibility and must sit out the 2013-2014 season, due to NCAA transfer rules. In his three years at ECU, Sampson played in 96 games and started 51 of them.

As a junior this past season, Sampson started all 33 games in which he played, averaging a career-best 9.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He led the team in rebounds and blocks per game (1.8) during the 2012-13 campaign.

The Yellow Jackets finished 16-15 last season – 6-12 in ACC-play – which placed them ninth in the league standings.


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