34 Sam Kaplan
Height: 6-7
Weight: 225
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Worcester, MA
High School: Worcester Academy
Position: F

AT YALE: Kaplan, the 2006-07 team captain, was second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.546) last year. His 10.6 points per game were third on the team and a career best. At the Flint Hills Invitational, he earned all-tournament honors after scoring 16 points against James Madison and 15 the next night against Savannah State. In the two games, he made 13 of 18 shots from the field. He also earned all-tournament recognition and was selected as the first Ivy League Player of the Week for his performance at the season-opening John Thompson Classic at Nebraska. In three games, he averaged 17.7 points, including scoring a career-high 19 against Nebraska. He scored in double figures in 16 of the 25 games he played in. He did not play on Yale's trip to Spain last spring because he was recovering from wrist surgery. As a sophomore, Kaplan started a career-high 26 games and was fourth on the team in scoring (8.2 ppg.) and rebounding (3.8 rpg.). He reached double figures in scoring nine times. In Yale's win at Sacred Heart, he made 5 of 8 shots from the field and 7 of 8 free throws en route to scoring 17 points. His first two career three-pointers were instrumental in Yale's victory over Santa Clara. The first came late in the second half as the Bulldogs rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minute, and the second came in overtime to give Yale the lead for good. As a freshman, Kaplan appeared in 23 games, including three starts, and missed the other four games with a back injury. He shared the John C. Cobb Memorial Award as the team's top freshman with Casey Hughes. His top performance came at Harvard when he made 4 of 5 shots from the field and all four of his free throw attempts en route to scoring 12 points. That was the start of an impressive three-game stretch. The next weekend he had eight points in 23 minutes against Princeton and 10 points in 19 minutes against Penn. BEFORE YALE: Kaplan averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds and was a New England Prep School Conference Class A first team selection and the conference most valuable player as a senior. PERSONAL: Sam, born Mar. 15, 1985, is the son of Kim and Joan Kaplan. At Yale Sam is an economics major. He also is well known for his shoe collection, which was featured in the Dec. 1, 2005, Sports Illustrated On Campus. He claims to have 125 pairs of sneakers. "I have always been interested in sneakers," Kaplan said. "My father used to own a children's shoe store during the early 1990s, which triggered my interest." He also collects DVDs and has more than 120. His favorite movie is "Boondock Saints."


CAREER HIGHS Points: 19 vs. Nebraska (11/19/05) Rebounds: 9 vs. Santa Clara (12/29/04) Assists: 4 three times (most recent vs. Columbia, 2/25/06) Minutes: 43 vs. Boston College (12/19/04) Blocks: 2 vs. Penn (2/19/05) Steals: 2 twice (most recent vs. Radford, 11/19/04)