Signs pointing to Sampson’s departure from U

  • Article by: MYRON P. MEDCALF , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 8, 2011 - 11:35 PM

As the deadline passed for underclassmen to remove themselves from the NBA draft, it didn't appear as though Ralph Sampson III was planning on returning to school.

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hobie2May. 8, 1111:25 PM

And then there was one... if he stays, he might get "Iversoned", and so, ending up second fiddle on a number 9 team in permanent building mode here vs playing a pro league in Eastern Europe makes Eastern Europe look pretty good by comparison... Ok, other view reality check two choices - R3 gets picked up by D league or overseas league and ends up in the NBA in three years and we look at Tubby and go -- uh, where were you with those 4-star big men? Or, in 3 years no one remembers what's his name and we are asking -should the EPA be checking the water over at the U, or what?

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Minnepeach19May. 8, 1111:31 PM

Jeff Green? Who the heck is that? If Sampson III plans to play in the NBA he'd better toughen up quick--this isn't Glee or High School Musical: The College Years. It's the NBA son--No Babies Allow.

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ADiddieMay. 8, 1111:47 PM

huge mistake...

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hockeyguy612May. 8, 1111:58 PM

Jeff Green played second fiddle to Ray Hibbert at Georgetown. He was drafted by Boston, than traded to Seattle in a packeage that landed them Ray Allan. He was raded back to Boston this year from Oklahoma for Kendrick Perkins. With that said Sampson is about as soft as a small forward (just like his dad) so I can see the comparison, but I think tis is an insult to Jeff Green. Sampson is 6'5" man trapped in a 7 footer's body

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GBarbsMay. 9, 1112:19 AM

As sincerely as I can, I want to wish you the best of luck in Turkey next year, Ralph! Give my best to Rick Rickert if you cross paths with him.

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gogomnMay. 9, 11 6:35 AM

What made more sense? graduating senior with 13.2 PPG due to heightened motivation and better strength or leaving for overseas now?

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podman64May. 9, 11 6:46 AM

No comments from dad? He wanted his son to get his education in and learn from Tubby. There must be more to this, it's abvious he is not ready for the NBA. Maybe he gave just as much effort in his studies as his game. Now the 2 top big men recruited, gone early.

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toddw15May. 9, 11 7:05 AM

Thanks. I needed a good laugh today

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jimmspMay. 9, 11 7:11 AM

Wow - what a poor choice. He was not getting good advice, or chose to ignore it. He has a lot of learning to do in order to play with the big boys. Can he do that better in the Big 10 next year or somewhere in Europe? He'd be better served getting his degree, imho.

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nomedsMay. 9, 11 7:13 AM

Whew! What a break for the U of M. Couldn't put up with another frustrating year watching Sampson attept to play BB.

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