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24 > Image 24 of Basketball, 1982

Part of University of Kentucky Basketball Media Guides (Men)

Sam Bowie, C Yr. Fr. (79-80) So. (80-81) Totals 7-1, 235, Junior Lebanon, Pa. One of college basketball's outstanding players . .. Named to several All-America teams last season . . . Named to every All-SEC team . . . On all-tournament team and named MVP of UKIT . .. Led team in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots . . . Co-MVP of team . . . Scored in double figures 24 times . . . Had eight or more rebounds 20 times . . . Often the target of very physical double teams . . . Fouled out of only two games last season . . . Had high scoring games of 29 against Kansas (H) and Florida (H) . . . Also had season high 16 rebounds against Kansas . . . Blocked nine shots against Vanderbilt (H) ... His 80 blocked shots were 32 more than UK opponents managed ... 1980-81 freshman Melvin Turpin (6-11) enabled Bowie to play some at forward . . . May see more action there this season . .. Averaged 18.4 points and 9.2 rebounds in conference games ... Has started 61 of the 62 games in which he has played at Kentucky . . . Led the United States Olympic Team to five victories in six "Gold Medal Games" in 1980 . . . Inducted in Basketball Hall of Fame, High School Division in April, 1979 . . . Named to every prep All-America team published in 1979 . . . Holds all Lebanon High School scoring and rebounding records . .. Twice an all-stater in Pennsylvania . . . Has added much strength and weight since coming to Kentucky . . . Excellent outside shooter and passer ... May be as quick and agile as any seven-footer ever . . . High School Coach Chic Hess . . . Born March 17, 1961 . . . Arts and sciences major. COACH HALL: "Sam should really come into his own this year. He has tremendous ability to go with his size. Both his outside and inside game should be improved this year. I look for Sam to be a sensational basketball player this season." Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds 34-33 28-28 886-26.1 895-32.0 165-311-53.1 185-356-52.0 110-144-76.4 118-164-72.0 276-8.1 254-9.1 26 39 PF-D Points High 110-8 440-12.9 27 80-2 488-17.4 29 62-61 1781-28.7 350-667-52.4 228-308-74.0 530-8.5 65 190-10 928-15.0 29 20