By Mike Max

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota has confirmed that Ralph Sampson III will return to the Gopher men’s basketball program and not enter the NBA Draft.

Sampson III, a forward/center for the Gophers, will start his senior year with career averages of 8.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in 97 career games, that includes 87 career starts.. Sources said he may have to make up some schoolwork but he should be able to gain eligibility to play in the 2011-2012 season.

The 6-foot-11 Sampson is currently fourth on the Gophers all-time blocks list with 166 and he’s just 202 points away from being the 37th player in Gopher history to reach 1,000 career points.

His father, Ralph Sampson, Jr., played nine seasons with the NBA. He was the No. 1 draft pick in the 1983 NBA Draft and went on to become Rookie of the Year for the Houston Rockets and a three-time NBA All-Star.

Comments (5)
  1. finally something that works says:

    boooooo, he sucks drop him now. he is basically the reason we lost so horribly last season.

  2. thumbody says:

    Patience son your time will come.

  3. KeepItReal says:

    Wow, how is this news. A far below average Big 10 big man decides to stay so he can loose 20 more games in college…why is this news? He isn’t going into the draft because no team would actually draft him.

  4. okie dokie says:

    whoopie doooo!

  5. Murph says:

    It’s all about potential! I am potentially an all pro NFL linebacker ,if they only use players over 65 years old this year!

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