Ralph Sampson Visits Minnesota

Ralph Sampson, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound junior center from Duluth (GA) Northview, visited Minnesota this weekend, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Sampson is the son of former college and NBA standout Ralph Sampson. He is playing for the Georgia Stars AAU team. GoldenSports.net caught up with Sampson during the recent Boo Williams Invitational.

Ralph Sampson III told GoldenSports.Net last month that he was hearing from Florida, Clemson, Stanford and Georgia Tech. He played for the Georgia Stars in the Boo Williams Invitational and helped lead the team to a win over Minnesota-based Howard Pulley.

His father, Ralph Lee Sampson was one of the most heavily recruited players ever. He signed with Virginia and 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 the other male). Professionally, Sampson was a #1 draft pick, three-time NBA All-Star, and Rookie of the Year for the Houston Rockets.

The younger Sampson led Northview to a 15-12 record this season. Head coach Steve Bombard took over during the season after Northview's head coach resigned. Sampson scored 22 points against J.J. Hickson of Marietta (GA) Wheeler. Hickson signed with North Carolina State.

His younger brother Robert is a 6-foot-5 left-handed-shooting ninth-grader.

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