KELLOGG ON CARTER: "Sampson is a young man I have known for a long time. I actually had him in summer camp at Memphis way back when he was 10 years old. I have watched him grow from a young kid to a great young man. His maturation process is something that I have watched closely. He brings tremendous versatility to the program. He is a very long and athletic 6-8 player who can play multiple positions. He hasn't totally filled out to become a complete player yet, but he has all the attributes that we are looking for here at UMass. As much as anything, I love him as a person and I think he is going to be a great addition to our program. He can be a player that by his sophomore or junior year we will really be able to rely on him to be a high-level player. He is very long and athletic, but can really handle the ball. He shoots the ball fairly well. He just needs to work on being physically ready to play at the college level. Sampson wants to be able to come to UMass and make an impact as a freshman. He will have the opportunity and I'm excited to coach him because he has the type of length and size and athleticism that fits in very well for the dribble-drive offense."
2011-12 (Jr.): Game-By-Game Statistics
Filled the stat sheet with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals vs. Northeastern (11/14). Tied his career high with 17 points on 4-of-4 shooting (2-2-3-ptrs) and grabbed seven boards in the season-opening win vs. Elon (11/11).
2010-11 (So.): Game-By-Game Statistics
Started first 15 games and played in 30 overall with 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Shot team-best 75.9 percent from line. Double-figure scoring in seven games including two of last five games. At least five rebounds in 11 games during the year. Second game in a row in double-figures with 10 points in win over Saint Joseph's (2/23). Best game since Dec. 31, with 11 points at Rhode Island (2/19), made 5-of-6 free throws.
Grabbed nine rebounds and scored six points in win over St. Bonaventure (1/26). Seven points and seven rebounds in win over Dayton (1/9) in A-10 opener. Tallied 10 points including 8-of-8 from the free throw line along with eight rebounds vs. Boston University (12/31). Set career-high in rebounds with 10 vs. Seton Hall (12/11), scored nine points before fouling out. Set new career highs in free throws made (8) and free throws attempted (10), for all eight points vs. Maine (12/8). Nine points in win at Quinnipiac (12/1). Tallied 14 points and handed out career-high five assists vs. Holy Cross (11/27). Netted 13 points along with four rebounds vs. AIC (11/24). Second game of the season with double-figures, netting 10 points and six rebounds vs. TCU (11/22). Seven points and five rebounds in 26 minutes vs. New Mexico State (11/20) in Hall of Fame Tip-Off. Career-game with 17 points and eight rebounds vs. Sacred Heart (11/17). Set career-highs in field goals made (5). In career-high 30 minutes, scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds vs. Rider (11/12).
2009-10 (Fr.):Game-By-Game Statistics
Played all 32 games during season, starting seven. In 15.4 minutes per game averaging 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. Shooting 76.9 percent from the foul line (40-of-52), first on the team. Double-figures in four games this season (St. Francis, Quinnipiac, Grambling State, at Dayton). Career-highs with 7-of-8 free throws as part of nine points at La Salle (3/3). Also grabbed seven rebounds. Top scoring game in two months with 10 points at Dayton (2/27). Also grabbed six rebounds for second game in a row. Near double-double vs. Grambling State (12/11) with 11 points and nine rebounds. Made career-high five free throws as part of seven points at Seton Hall (12/7). Contributed five points and four rebounds off bench in 17 minutes at Holy Cross (12/5). Second career game in double-figures with 11 points, along with three rebounds in win over Quinnipiac (12/2). Four points and four rebounds vs. Rutgers (11/27) in 20 minutes. First college game in double-figures with 13 points along with five rebounds vs. St. Francis (11/24). Five points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith (11/21), making first field goal. Started first college game in debut at UCF (11/13) and scored three points in 16 minutes.
Before UMass: He played at Ridgeway High School for Coach Wes Henning. He led the Roadrunners to their fourth state title with a 34-3 record. Carter was named the MVP of the Tennessee State Tournament...Named the Memphis Interscholastic Player of the Year as he averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 59 percent from the floor including 39 from 3-point range...Named Freshman of the Year... Named Most improved sophomore year...Honors during senior year includes: state MVP, player of the year, all district, and all state...All Named the Memphis Commercial Appeal Class AAA First team... Played his AAU basketball for the M33 Magic for Ernie Kuyper... He Played for UMass alum Mike Byrnes at Winchendon Prep School.
Personal: Full name is Sampson Carter ... Born Sept. 11, 1990 ... Son of Alice Carter... The brother of UMass Director of Player Personnel Shyrone Chatman ... Other siblings include Natasha and Marcus Chatman ... Planning to major in Communications.
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS: Points: 17, Elon -- 11/11/11 ; Sacred Heart -- 11/17/10 Rebounds: 11, Elon -- 12/15/12 ; vs Elon -- 12/15/12 Assists: 5, Holy Cross -- 11/27/10 Steals: 3, 6 times Blocks: 2, 8 times FG made: 5, 5 times FG attempts: 11, Seton Hall -- 12/11/10 3FG made: 2, Elon -- 11/11/11 3FG attempts: 5, Quinnipiac -- 12/02/09 FT made: 8, at Northeastern -- 12/04/12 ; Maine -- 12/08/10 ; Boston University -- 12/31/10 FT attempts: 10, at Northeastern -- 12/04/12 ; Maine -- 12/08/10
A FEW MINUTES WITH SAMPSON
My ideal day: Chilling on the beach
If I could be any animal, I would be: An eagle Why UMass? Memphis connection I am most proud of the grade I got in: Music (orchestra) I hope to do this before I graduate: Degree Best pregame meal: French toast Player you pattern your game after: Paul Pierce Three words I'd use to describe myself as a basketball player: Grind hard daily What advice would you give to the freshmen?: Go hard or go home Can't go on a road trip without: My iPhone What is your first basketball memory?: House League Games When I was five, I thought I would be: A superhero What has been the most challenging thing about college so far?: More work, less sleep My teammates would describe me as: Silly/cool My first thought when I went to college: One step closer to the money TV show I want to be on: The Game Who first taught you how to shoot a basketball?: My brother What is your favorite food from the DC?: Stir Fry Where is your favorie place to study on campus?: Boyden Favorite pair of shoes: Air Force 1's What I would do first if I was President: Build homes for the homeless Favorite sport other than basketball: Football Favorite movie from the past year: Takers Where I would spent $1,000 first: Mall What does basketball mean to you? LIFE Favorite part of practice and gameday: Competition drills, pregame lockeroom talk Weird fact most don't know about me: I write with my left hand