Can Gophers Ralph Sampson III Follow Dad to the NBA?

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Minnesota Golden Gophers Coach Tubby Smith has seen drastic, if not dramatic improvements in the game of senior Center Ralph Sampson III.

“His consistency, his numbers have improved each year. They haven’t been leaps and bounds, but I think a lot of it has to do with Ralph getting in better shape, not that he hasn’t worked at it, but he’s had to focus on learning to breathe properly, I don’t know if he had asthma or another type of breathing disorder, but he’s got that under control better, and his stamina and strength are two issues he’s done a good job of addressing this summer and fall,” Sampson’s coach Tubby Smith said.

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Al Nolen Out Indefinitely: Minnesota Gophers Suffer Setback

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers college basketball program announced that senior point guard Al Nolen will be out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right foot. Nolen suffered the injury Jan. 22 in the first half versus the Michigan Wolverines. Nolen also missed five games (11/29-12/15) this season during the non-conference schedule with a stress reaction in his right foot.

Nolen is scheduled to undergo surgery on Jan. 26 to insert a pin in the foot.

“We will definitely miss the leadership of our senior point guard,” said Gopher head coach Tubby Smith. “We knew that Al was playing with a lot of pain since the previous injury occurred so we are hoping that the procedure will relieve the pain and make it possible for him to return to the lineup by the end of the season. In the meantime, we know that Al will continue to be a leader from the bench.”

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Gophers Hopes Fading With Heartbreaking Loss to Michigan State

By Mike Gallagher

What a difference a week makes…..

The Golden Gopher basketball team’s hopes were higher than ever at the beginning of this week, with Royce White practicing for the first time in nearly three months.

The next day things took a drastic turn for the worst.  One of the nation’s top perimeter defenders and captain of the Gopher offense, point guard Al Nolen, was ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA.

It seems that’s how the season has gone for the Gophers, good news followed by equally damaging information.

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