40 Sam Phippen
Birth Date: 09/15/1987
Height: 6-9
Weight: 193
Year: Junior
Hometown: Durango, Colo.
High School: Durango HS
Position: RHP
Sam Phippen will see action out of the bullpen for the Gauchos after he's finished playing for UCSB's basketball team ... In a nationwide e-mail sent to all Division 1 sports information offices, Phippen is believed to be the only player to be on both his university's men's basketball team and baseball team at the Division 1 level. 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.

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.