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Ralph Sampson, James Worthy Among 2011 College Basketball Hall Of Fame Inductees

Virginia Cavaliers star Ralph Sampson and North Carolina's James Worthy, two of the best players in ACC history, will join the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame this year, along with Bob Knight, Chris Mullin, Arkansas coach Eddie Sutton, Joe Vancisin, and Eddie Einhorn.


Sampson's son, Ralph Sampson III, was a Georgia high school star, born in Duluth. Currently a starter for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the younger Sampson won state titles here and in Alabama. The soon-to-be Hall of Famer was also once an assistant for former Georgia St. Panthers coach Lefty Driesell at James Madison.


In his four years with the Cavs, Sampson was named the Naismith Player of the Year three times, though he shared one of those honors with Worthy. Worthy went on to become a NBA Hall of Famer for his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, while Sampson was named a four-time NBA All-Star and Rookie of the Year with the Houston Rockets.


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