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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Illini, Gophers, DePaul College Hoops News: 5-10-11

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It may be college basketball’s  offseason, but a lot of news surrounding teams in the Big East and Big Ten broke in the past couple of days. Whether you’re a fan of the Illini, DePaul or the Gophers, pay attention!

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Why Did These Guys Stay in the NBA Draft? What are they Thinking?

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Every year at this time, you look at the list of college basketball players who decided to forgo eligibility to stay in the NBA Draft and wonder “what on Earth are they doing?” Or you ask “did the draft go from two rounds to five rounds and no one told me?”

Leading the way in 2011 is Notre Dame forward Carleton Scott who played three seasons (2008-11) with the Irish, and had one year of eligibility remaining after sitting out his freshman season in 2007-08.

In 84 career outings (38 starts), he scored 557 points for a 6.6 career points per game average, grabbed 403 rebounds (4.8 per game) Kind of underwhelming numbers, yes? He didn’t exactly finish strong either, going 1-10 FG, 0-4 3 pt in the Irish elimination game in the round of 32 at the hands of Florida State

On the other hand, Scott was Notre Dame’s third-leading scorer this past season with a career-high 11.2 ppg and topped the squad with 7.4 rpg and 1.9 bpg.  He reached double figures in 20 contests, 10-plus boards in 11 and had seven double-doubles.

And even though he very likely won’t get drafted, Scott graduates this month from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in history and computer applications. So he probably just didn’t want to go to grad school. (understandable) And he isn’t leaving a great degree from a great school in a tough major on the table; he already has it.

Other “questionable” or “surprising” decisions to stay in draft:

This is a Paul M. Banks and David Kay collaboration

Early Entries List

NBA Mock Draft Round One

NBA Mock Draft Round Two

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