Sampson enters Cal after an outstanding high school career in which he earned third team Parade All-America honors ... considered one of the Top 30 freshmen in the country by most recruiting services ... an athletic player who runs the court especially well for a person his size ... finishes well around the basket ... defensively, has the ability to affect opposing teams with his shot-blocking skills ... cousin of former NBA star Ralph Sampson.
High School: Sampson averaged 15.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 2.4 bpg as a senior ... led his Mater Dei team to the California state championship with a 57-54 victory over Modesto Christian ... Mater Dei finished the 2000-01 season with a 33-2 record and a No. 4 national ranking from USA Today ... rated the nation's No. 15 recruit by Foxsports.com and the No. 1 center on the West Coast by Rivals.com ... also ranked No. 26 overall by The Sporting News and No. 21 by CBSSportsline.com ... invited to play in the Coca-Cola All-American Classic in Las Vegas in April 2001 ... missed several games his senior season with bone spurs, but had corrective surgery over the summer ... as a junior, averaged 13.7 ppg, 10.6 rpg and blocked 147 shots.
Personal: Jamal Wesley Sampson ... born May 15, 1983 in Inglewood, CA ... parents are Bernard Sampson and Ruth Smith ... chose Cal after considering such schools as Saint Louis, Connecticut, UCLA and Kansas ... enjoys fishing and swimming in his spare time ... undeclared major.