"Walking across Thomas Jefferson Lawn on a rainy day and receiving my diploma at the University of Virginia is probably the most cherished moment that I will carry for life," he said. "That diploma is against the wall at my mother's home."
"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."