Twin Towers Make Minnesota Visit

Ralph Sampson, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound junior center from Duluth (GA) Northview and Colton Iverson, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound center from Yankton High, are visiting Minnesota this weekend on their official visits. The two attended the Minnesota-Miami of Ohio football game.

Ralph Sampson is the son of former college and NBA standout Ralph Sampson. He played for the Georgia Stars AAU team and attended the LeBron James Skills Academy.

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 No. 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.

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

Colton Iverson saw his recruitment go through the roof after he led the South Dakota Heat AAU team to the Hoosier Shootout 17-and-under title,

Iverson averaged 15 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for Yankton, which finished at 16-10 with a fifth-place finish in the state tournament.

Iverson scored 20 points in the consolation championship as they defeated Mitchell 68-42. He scored 15 points in a 47-37 win over Rapid City Stevens in the consolation semifinals.

Iverson shined this summer as a member of the South Dakota Heat AAU team. He helped lead the Heat to the Hoosier Shootout title as he scored 28 points in the championship game and he was named MVP.

Iverson has offers from South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado State, Washington State, Nebraska, New Mexico, Indiana State, Richmond, Eastern Kentucky, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Iowa, UCLA, Marquette, Florida, Iowa State, and Creighton.
Iverson will be expected to carry a bigger share of the load next year at Yankton as he is the lone returning starter and they welcome back just three juniors from the varisty roster.

Iverson comes from a basketball family. His father is the head girl's coach at Mount Mary, where his sister is a senior. His other sister, a sophomore, plays at South Dakota.

Minnesota is hoping to land both big men as they have no player on the roster taller than 6-foot-9 and recently lost Bryce Webster, who decided to leave the program

Hopkins juniors Raymond Cowles and Trent Lockett also attended the Gopher football game and were recently in attendance at the Gopher Elite Camp.

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