Sampson posted 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one block across 23 minutes in a 96-83 win over the Rockets on Wednesday.
Sampson drew the start at power forward once again for the season finale and provided another solid performance. The 25-year-old saw at least 20 minutes in the last three games of the season, posting double-digit scoring efforts in two of them and shooting at least 60.0 percent in all three. Sampson saw only modest opportunity otherwise this season, playing in only 22 games (six starts) and averaging 4.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 block across 15.6 minutes.
Sampson drew the start at power forward and generated 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and two blocks across 25 minutes in Friday's 94-93 win over the Grizzlies.
Sampson was a last-minute addition to the starting lineup in place of Zach Randolph (coach's decision), and the third-year pro parlayed the opportunity into his first double-digit scoring effort since Dec. 10. The 25-year-old's playing time had been highly sporadic prior to Friday, however, so not much should be expected from him in the last two games of the season despite the surprise production.
It was originally reported that Zach Randolph would start at power forward, but the Kings have opted to insert Sampson at the last second. It is unclear if it was an act of gamesmanship or they simply did not know what route they were going to go until tip-off. The start will mark Sampson's first since Feb. 14. He has recently rejoined the team's rotation, and figures to see a good amount of run Friday.
Sampson did not play during Wednesday's 109-106 loss to Iowa due to an undisclosed injury.
It's unknown what injury kept Sampson out of Wednesday's contest, as he was able to drop 13 points in 26 minutes during Reno's last game. Consider him a game-time decision for the Bighorns' game Friday against Agua Caliente. Currently, the 24-year-old is averaging 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Sampson tallied 29 points (12-21 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block during Tuesday's 132-125 road win over Northern Arizona.
Sampson tied a season high with 29 points Tuesday and has now scored safely across the 25-point mark in his last four games. The third-year forward from St. John's is shooting 49.3 percent from the floor but has struggled from three-point range, only shooting 27.8 percent. Currently, the 24-year-old is averaging 17.2 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Bighorns this season.
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
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|Career Shooting Stats|
|College Career Shooting Stats|
|2012-13||St. John's (N.Y.)||33||1040||202||450||44.9||0||8||0.0||87||136||64.0||491||14.9|
|2013-14||St. John's (N.Y.)||33||957||181||366||49.5||1||5||20.0||61||108||56.5||424||12.8|
|More College Stats|
|2012-13||St. John's (N.Y.)||33||1040||146||4.4||35||1.1||36||1.1||36||1.1||66|
|2013-14||St. John's (N.Y.)||33||957||134||4.1||39||1.2||21||0.6||32||1.0||52|