KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The trophy case in the home of Ralph Sampson's mother is about to get a little more crowded.
Sampson, the 223-cm Virginia center and three-time Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, joined seven others Monday, including coaches Bob Knight and Eddie Sutton, as the newest members of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
"I hope everybody who watched me play, at the collegiate level or the NBA level or any level, high school as well, enjoyed me while I was playing," Sampson said in a conference call that included Cazzie Russell, the former Michigan great who was also named to the 2011 class. "I will cherish this the rest of my life. It will go along with my college player of the year award at my mother's house."
Also in the class announced Monday are players James Worthy of North Carolina and Chris Mullin of St. John's and contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn.