Ralph Sampson

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Ralph L. Sampson Junior (b. 1960) is a former professional basketball player.

Achievements at the University of Virginia

Sampson played basketball for the University of Virginia from 1979-1983, where he was highly successful. He earned three Naismith Awards as the National Player of the Year and was only the second player to achieve this. He also received two Wooden Awards, and led UVA to the Elite Eight and the Final Four in two separate years. Sampson was one of the most heavily recruited college basketball prospects of his generation and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated six times during his college career.

Career after UVA

He was the first pick overall in the 1983 NBA draft, and played for the Houston Rockets. Sampson won Rookie of the Year after playing in the 1984 All-Star Game, and Most Valuable Player after playing in the 1985 All-Star Game. He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Frances Brand portrait

Sampson is one of several people commemorated by the late 20th-century artist Frances Brand as part of her Firsts series.[1]

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  1. Branigan, Michelle Marie (December 1998). A Biography of Frances Brand, an American Painter and Social Activist (PhD). Indiana University.

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