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Pair emerges from fatherly shadows

Sophomores Klay Thompson and Ralph Sampson III carve out careers of their own

Originally Published: August 10, 2009
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Klay Thompson made shots at the Colorado Springs, Colo., tryouts and subsequently made the Under-19 U.S. team that eventually won gold in New Zealand this summer.

Ralph Sampson III didn't do either.

Thompson doesn't look like his father Mychal, the former No. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft out of the University of Minnesota. You wouldn't know he was Mychal's son unless you were well-versed in his background and had a bio handy.

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