15 - Sam Phippen
Sam Phippen
Height: 6-9
Weight: 193
Year: Senior
Hometown: Durango, Colo.
High School: Durango HS
Position: Forward

2008-09
Sam Phippen played in 30 games for the Gauchos as a sophomore...Phippen's only start coming in the 62-57 victory at Utah Valley...Averaged 2.5 points per game, with the highest 3-point shooting percentage on the team at .563...Season-high two assists came in 78-71 overtime victory against Montana State...Career-high five rebounds at UC Irvine, as well as four rebound games on two separate winning occasions...Strongest game of career came in Big West tourney victory against Cal State Fullerton when Phippen had four rebounds and a career-high 10 points.

2007-08
As a redshirt freshman in 2007-08, Phippen played 61 minutes in 19 games...Scored just seven points and attempted only nine shots in his appearances...Scored three points in a win at Loyola Marymount, also producing a season-high four rebounds against the Lions...While he is generally considered a very good three-point shooter, Phippen attempted just three in his first season, missing all three.

2006-07
Phippen redshirted the 2006-07 campaign.

High School
Phippen attended Durango High School in Durango, Colo....Was rated as the seventh-best senior player in the state in 2006 by COHOOPSTRACKER.com...He was the Southwestern League Player of the Year and a First Team All-Southwestern League selection after leading Durango to a 20-5 season...Phippen was also a Third Team All-State choice...Averaged 16.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game as a senior...Also averaged one steal and one blocked shot per game...In addition to his solid work on the interior, Phippen made 23-of-54 shots from outside the three-point arc, 43.6%...Overall, he shot 57.7% from the field and 73.4% from the free throw line...Scored a career-high 28 points against Farmington HS of New Mexico...Scored 400 points in his final season, a school record...Set a Durango standard for blocked shots in a season as well when he swatted 42 as a junior...Pulled-down a career-high 15 rebounds against Boulder HS...Phippen had highs of four blocked shots against Grand Junction HS, four steals against Alamosa HS and five assists against Farmington HS...As a junior he averaged 9.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game...Phippen helped Durango to three Southwestern League titles and three postseason appearances...Coached by Tim Fitzpatrick.

Personal
Samuel Phippen was born September 15, 1987 in Durango, Colo....Was an Academic All-State choice in high school...His most memorable moment in sports was when he made a three-point basket at the buzzer in overtime to help Durango beat Brighton HS by two...Roots for the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Nuggets...His favorite athletes are Michael Jordan and former Major League pitcher Steve Carlton...Lists "The Family Guy" among his favorite television shows...Parents are Ed and Sherri Phippen...Has yet to declare a major.

Career Statistics

                        Total3-pt
YearG/GSMin.FG/FGAFG%FG/FGAFG%FT/FTAFT%ORDRTRAVGPF/DASTTOBLKSTL PTSAVG
2007-0819/0613/9.3330/3.0001/2.5003470.46/0150370.4
2008-0930/127926/49.5319/16.56314/26.538938471.626/061341752.5
2009-1022/520722/49.4495/17.2948/13.615538432.024/061422572.6
Totals71/654751/107.47714/36.38923/41.5611780971.456/01332661392.0
Career-Highs
Points10vs. Cal State Fullerton3/12/09
Rebounds5at UC Irvine2/7/09
Assists2vs. Montana State2/21/09
Steals1four timesfour times
Blocked Shots1three timesthree times
FG Made3twicetwice
FG Attempted4twicetwice
FT Made4vs. Long Beach State3/7/09
FT Attempted4twicetwice
3-Pt. Field Goals1nine timesnine times