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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Ralph Sampson to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

By Steve Yanda

Former Virginia men's basketball player Ralph Sampson will be one of eight inductees into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation announced Monday.

Also joining Sampson in the Class of 2011 are former coaches Bob Knight and Eddie Sutton, former players James Worthy, Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin and contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn. The induction will take place Nov. 20 in Kansas City, Mo.

Sampson was a four-time all-American and a three-time national player of the year at Virginia from 1979-83. Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati) and Bill Walton (UCLA) are the only other players to earn national player of the year recognition three times. Sampson led Virginia to the 1981 Final Four and became the sixth player in NCAA history to score more than 2,000 points and grab more than 1,500 rebounds.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be on the list of guys that are inducted," Sampson said in a teleconference Monday. "I know a lot of them very well ... I'm ecstatic about my name even being recognized with those people and that I will cherish the rest of my life and that my children will cherish it, as well. I'm at a loss of words when you think about being inducted in any hall of fame.

"But it's definitely a great honor, and I hope that anybody that watched me play at the collegiate level or at the NBA level or any level at all, high school as well, enjoyed me while I was playing and now after the fact, as well. So I thank everybody that nominated me or inducted me, and I look forward to all the festivities and the award that will go along with the college player of the year awards that are at my mother's house that she looks forward to receiving that with the rest of them, as well. So I thank you guys, and I look forward to whatever the next steps are."

By Steve Yanda  | February 28, 2011; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Men's Basketball  
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