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4  Sam Hinnant
Sam Hinnant

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Charlotte, N.C.

High School:
Fork Union Military Academy

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 195

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
05/25/1986


An outstanding shooter with excellent range ... Solid player with the potential to emerge as an all-star candidate ... Teams with James Legan to form a lethal shooting combination ... Made a successful return from a leg injury that cost him half his sophomore campaign ... Needs 318 points for 1,000 career points ... Is 64 three-point field goals shy of 200 for his career ... Possesses a good work ethic ... Only fourth-year senior on the team ... Is the Pirates' leading returning scorer.

In The East Carolina Record Books

  • 1st in single-game three-point attempts (16 vs. Houston, March 1, 2008)
  • 1st in single-game three-point field goals (8 vs. Houston, March 1, 2008)
  • 2nd in single-season three-point field goals (74, 2008)
  • 3rd in single-season three-point field goals attempts (183, 2008)
  • 5th in career three-point attempts (378)
  • 8th in career three-point field goals (136)

    As A Junior (2007-08)
    Played in all 30 games and made 28 starts ... Led the Pirates in scoring (11.0 ppg), field goals (105), field goal attempts (261), three-point field goals (74), three-point field goal attempts (183) and minutes played (28.6) ... Finished 24th in Conference USA in scoring, while ranking sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.404) and three-point field goals (2.47) ... Scored double figures in 14 games and topped 20 points five times ... Led the Pirates in scoring seven times and in rebounds and assists twice each ... Made at least three 3-point field goals in 11 games, including seven games with five or more ... Made 74 three-point shots, second highest single season total in school history ... Earned Conference USA Player-of-the-Week honors after averaging 23 points in two games against Clemson and NC State ... Dropped in 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-8 three-point attempts, against NC State ... Poured in 30 points for the second time during the season against Houston, going 10-of-19 from the floor and 8-of-16 from behind the arc ... His eight 3s against Houston tied an ECU record, while his 16 attempts set a new mark ... Made a career-best 10 field goals against both the Wolfpack and Cougars ... Netted 25 points against South Florida, 19 in the first half, making 6-of-10 three-point shots ... Made six 3s at home against Marshall, while scoring 24 points ... Sank 5-of-8 three-pointers against Coastal Carolina en route to a 23-point performance ... Scored 15 points by making five 3-point baskets in games versus both Rice and SMU ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds at UTEP ... Dished out a season-high five assists in the regular season finale against Tulane ... Tied his career-high for minutes played with 38 in the home finale against Houston ... Established new career marks for free throws made (7) and attempted (9) against Clemson.

    As A Sophomore (2006-07)
    Played in 14 games before suffering a season-ending injury in practice prior to the Conference USA opener against Tulsa ... Averaged 4.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 19.3 minutes prior to his injury ... Started the first eight games of the year before becoming the Pirates' sixth-man ... Scored double figures three times, including a game-high 13 points at Wake Forest ... Made 3-of-5 three-point baskets against Wake Forest ... Netted 13 points against Richmond and 12 versus Winthrop ... Grabbed a season-high five rebounds at Richmond ... Dished out three assists against Chowan.

    As A Freshman (2005-06)
    Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team ... One of two players to start all 28 games ... Ranked third on the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game ... Made a team-high 50 three-point field goals during the season ... Ranked 12th in the league in three-point field goals made per game (1.79) ... Made at least one three-point field goal in 25 games, including the first 15 of his career ... Scored a season-high 19 points in the ECU debut against North Carolina A&T ... Made three or more three-point field goals in a game nine times, including a season-best four at UAB ... Dished out a season-high eight assists at home against UNC Greensboro ... Grabbed a season-best seven rebounds at home against UNC Wilmington ... Scored 18 points in both of ECU's games against its UNCG and UNCW ... Led the Pirates in scoring six times ... Collected five or more rebounds in six games ... Was the Pirates' leading rebounder (6) in a four-point loss at nationally-ranked Wake Forest ... Played 35 or more minutes in a game seven times, including 38 against North Carolina A&T and Western Carolina.

    High School
    Ranked among the nation's top 100 fifth-year players by Hoop Scoop ... Prepped at Fork Union Military Academy in 2004-05 and averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game ... Team finished the season with a 27-2 record and ranked third nationally ... Coached by Fletcher Arritt ... Prior to enrolling at Fork Union, he attended Vance High School in Charlotte ... Helped team to the state 4A championship as a junior and earned all-regional honors ... Named first-team all-conference as a senior and received honorable mention all-state accolades ... Averaged 22 points per game ... Served as team captain as a senior ... North Carolina Scholar-Athlete ... Coached by Kurt Wessler.

    Personal
    Son of Samuel and Paula Hinnant ... Born May 25, 1986 in Charlotte ... Major is business ... Named to the 2005-06 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.