Monday, November 21, 2011

Worthy, Sampson Inducted Into Hall of Fame

National Championship winnerJames Worthy of North Carolina and three-time Naismith Award winner Ralph Sampson of Virginia were part of an eight-member class inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Sampson is still considered one of the greatest players in college history, one of three to win three straight consensus player of the year awards. The 7-foot-4 Sampson helped Virginia to the Final Four in 1981, and was the first pick in the 1983 draft. He played nine seasons in the NBA before back problems and knee injuries forced him to retire.

Worthy led the Tar Heels of Dean Smith to two Final Fours and the 1982 championship, when he scored 28 points in a victory over Georgetown. He was selected first by the Los Angeles Lakers in the draft, and would become a seven-time All-Star and play on three NBA title teams.

“The success that we’ve had, the people have made it possible for us—I appreciate being appreciated,” Worthy said, “and it’s an honor to be inducted with all of you.”

Sampson said, "I coulda been a great point guard."*

*Items in italics may not be true.

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