While Sampson was productive this season, he wasn't the most dominant player on the floor most nights. He averaged over 10 points, and five rebounds per contest to go with two blocked shots. Since Sampson has yet to hire an agent, his still has the option of returning to the Gophers before the May 8 deadline to withdraw.
If Sampson does choose to go pro, it will leave Minnesota with a hole in their front court and an extra scholarship late in the recruiting cycle. The most likely scenario is that Sampson will not hire and agent and is simply testing his draft stock in a year that is short on big bodies.
While it is possible that Ralph Sampson III where will be wearing an NBA uniform this fall, expect him to be back in the Maroon and Gold next season.