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He was arguably the most heavily recruited (for both college and the NBA) basketball prospect of his generation. Playing for the University of Virginia, he was one of only two male players in the history of college basketball to receive the Naismith Award as the National Player of the Year three times (Bill Walton of UCLA was the other male, Cheryl Miller of USC won three times, as well). He was the only player to win the Wooden award twice. Professionally, Sampson was a #1 draft pick, three-time NBA All-Star, and Rookie of the Year for the Houston Rockets. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated an unprecedented six times in a span of less than four years (issues of December 17, 1979; December 1, 1980; March 30, 1981; November 29, 1982; December 20, 1982; and October 31, 1983).

Standing 7'4" (2.24 m) but at a lean 220 pounds (100 kg), he could dunk the ball almost without jumping yet was agile enough to dribble behind his back and often even tried to emulate the role of a point guard. For the Houston Rockets, although he was well over 7 feet tall, he played power forward and often guarded men much smaller. This was because 7'0" (2.13 m) Hakeem Olajuwon played center and the versatile Sampson preferred to play forward. Together, they were called the "Twin Towers" between 1984 and 1988.

In the 1985-86 NBA season, Sampson had (in his third season with the Rockets) lifted the Rockets from 14-68 in the 1982-83 season before his arrival to one of the best in the NBA. In Game 5 of the 1986 NBA Western Conference Finals, his last second tip-in at the buzzer beat the Los Angeles Lakers and send the Rockets to only their 2nd NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.

His NBA career quickly deteriorated as he became burdened with numerous knee injuries. In 1988, by the time he was traded to the Golden State Warriors, the rest of his career was very limited. In 1989, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings where he would basically be a third-string player. He would average 4.2 points per game and 3.0 points per game for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons respectively. He would play one final year season with the Washington Bullets in 1991-92 where he averaged two points per game.

Ralph Sampson won numerous individual awards in the short period of time he was healthy, but he never won a national or NBA championship. He played in the Final Four with Virginia in 1981 and his Houston Rockets played in the NBA Finals in 1986, but each time he was turned away without winning the elusive championship. The Virginia Cavaliers returned to the Final Four in 1984 � the year after he graduated.

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He was arguably the most heavily recruited basketball prospect of his generation.

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Ralph Sampson Biography

He was arguably the most heavily recruited (for both college and the NBA) basketball prospect of his generation. Playing for the University of Virginia, he was one of only two male players in the history of college basketball to receive the Naismith Award as the National Player of the Year three times (Bill Walton of UCLA was the other male, Cheryl Miller of USC won three times, as well). He was the only player to win the Wooden award twice. Professionally, Sampson was a #1 draft pick, three-time NBA All-Star, and Rookie of the Year for the Houston Rockets. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated an unprecedented six times in a span of less than four years (issues of December 17, 1979; December 1, 1980; March 30, 1981; November 29, 1982; December 20, 1982; and October 31, 1983).

Standing 7'4" (2.24 m) but at a lean 220 pounds (100 kg), he could dunk the ball almost without jumping yet was agile enough to dribble behind his back and often even tried to emulate the role of a point guard. For the Houston Rockets, although he was well over 7 feet tall, he played power forward and often guarded men much smaller. This was because 7'0" (2.13 m) Hakeem Olajuwon played center and the versatile Sampson preferred to play forward. Together, they were called the "Twin Towers" between 1984 and 1988.

In the 1985-86 NBA season, Sampson had (in his third season with the Rockets) lifted the Rockets from 14-68 in the 1982-83 season before his arrival to one of the best in the NBA. In Game 5 of the 1986 NBA Western Conference Finals, his last second tip-in at the buzzer beat the Los Angeles Lakers and send the Rockets to only their 2nd NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.

His NBA career quickly deteriorated as he became burdened with numerous knee injuries. In 1988, by the time he was traded to the Golden State Warriors, the rest of his career was very limited. In 1989, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings where he would basically be a third-string player. He would average 4.2 points per game and 3.0 points per game for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons respectively. He would play one final year season with the Washington Bullets in 1991-92 where he averaged two points per game.

Ralph Sampson won numerous individual awards in the short period of time he was healthy, but he never won a national or NBA championship. He played in the Final Four with Virginia in 1981 and his Houston Rockets played in the NBA Finals in 1986, but each time he was turned away without winning the elusive championship. The Virginia Cavaliers returned to the Final Four in 1984 � the year after he graduated.

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  • How to book Ralph Sampson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ralph Sampson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ralph Sampson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ralph Sampson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ralph Sampson?

    Booking fees for Ralph Sampson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ralph Sampson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ralph Sampson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ralph Sampson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ralph Sampson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ralph Sampson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ralph Sampson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ralph Sampson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ralph Sampson for your event is available upon request. Ralph Sampson generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are John Thompson III, Alan Stein, Jr., Chris Beard, Tony Bennett and Akbar Cook. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ralph Sampson for an upcoming event.

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