Feb. 26, 2015
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech senior forward Robert Sampson nearing the finish of his collegiate career in the next couple of weeks and will play his final home game at McCamish Pavilion Monday night against North Carolina.
Sampson has been a steady contributor each game for the Yellow Jackets in the post this season (5.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 21.0 minutes per game; 5.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg in ACC games). He was Tech’s top frontcourt reserve for most of this season until getting into the starting lineup for the Jackets’ last 10 games.
He ranks 15th in the ACC in rebound average, and his 24 blocks and 16 steals are No. 2 and 4 on the team, respectively. He has grabbed six or more rebounds in 19 games, and has scored in double figures in three games.
Sampson sat out last season at Tech after transferring from East Carolina, where he started 51 games in his last two years there, and played 96 games total in three years. He is the younger of two sons of Naismith Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson who have played college basketball. His older brother, Ralph III, was a four-year letterwinner at Minnesota.
Shoe Size: 15.5
Roommates: Quinton Stephens, Chris Bolden, Abdoulaye Gueye
Three Words That Describe Me: Responsible, hard-working and dependable
Favorite Food: Mashed potatoes and roast beef
Favorite Late Night Snack: Popcorn
Meal I Prepare Most Often: BBQ chicken and broccoli
Favorite Spot on Campus: Basketball gym
Favorite Childhood Activity: Laser tag, Chuck E Cheese’s
Favorite TV Channel: USA, ESPN
Moment in History I’d Like to Have Witnessed: Neil Armstrong land on the moon
Celebrity Crush: Paula Patton
Biggest Fear: Heights
Job I’d Like Outside of Basketball: Working for Google
Favorite Sports Movie: Coach Carter
Favorite Non-Sports Movie: X-men series and the Batman series
Best Sports Talent Besides Basketball: Baseball, swimming
Favorite Pro Athlete: Kevin Durant
Favorite Non-NBA Pro Team: Atlanta Falcons
Favorite Georgia Tech Sport to Watch: Football, Volleyball
Most Memorable Sports Moment: 1986 NBA Western Conference Finals, Rockets vs. Lakers, where Ralph Sampson hit the winning shot at the buzzer to defeat the Lakers
Pregame Ritual: Shower, rest, listen to music
What I Like Most About Georgia Tech: It challenges me to be the best I can be