Elite talent and GPA champion status allow Little Elms RJ Hampton to reclassify to 2019, pursue NBA draft hopes sooner – Dallas News

Elite talent and \GPA champion\ status allow Little Elm\s RJ Hampton to reclassify to 2019, pursue NBA draft hopes sooner - Dallas News

Hampton, No. 4 recruit in 20, reclassifies to 19

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Thats whats been going on with the younger generation. They fall 100% for the latest fad and whats hot right now. Texas Tech will NOT sustain the pedigree of KU. Beard is a good Coach and has Tech playing ball, but it wont last. Hopefully this kid looks at more than just a sampling size

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With the news of highly acclaimed guard R.J. Hampton reclassifying to join the Class of 2019, KU basketball beat writer and Journal-World sports editor Matt Tait is joined by Benton Smith to discuss this development and various other factors that will determine what KUs roster could look like next season.

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(KU assistant) Jerrance Howard is like family to me, Rod Hampton said, according to JayhawkSlant.com. I mean, we can talk about anything and be comfortable. It doesnt matter if I call him at 3 in the afternoon or 3 at night, hes going to pick up and vice versa. Hes just like family.

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Hampton already has made visits to Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis. His KU visit took place in early March, but return trips to all three, along with a visit to Texas Tech — which sits 300 miles from his Little Elm home, just north of Dallas — could be on tap in the coming months.

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The programs involved with Hampton and his family have been recruiting him for a while. But it was only recently — and officially Tuesday — that they began to believe adding him to their roster was possible for the 2019-20 season.

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Hampton told Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans that he was in the process of deciding which of the four he wants to visit in the months ahead and that a decision about his future would likely come sometime in July.

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Hamptons decision, which had been hinted at for the past several weeks, significantly impacts the recruiting scene in 2019. Its not that often that a top 5 talent becomes available this late in the game.

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When talking with reporters in Atlanta over the weekend, Hamptons father, Rod Hampton, also made it crystal clear that he and his family have a strong connection with Kansas.

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After trimming his list to a final four of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis a few weeks ago, Hampton cut one of his finalists on Tuesday and added a new program to the list.

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The news comes a couple of days after Hampton told reporters at last weekends Nike EYBL event in Atlanta that he felt like he had nothing more to prove in high school.

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I love the way Coach (Chris) Beard coaches and they are on a hot streak, Hampton told Evans. It would be a lot of fun to get back to the national title game.

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After weeks of wondering and speculation, Little Elm, Texas, guard R.J. Hampton on Tuesday made official his decision to reclassify from 2020 into the 2019 class.

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According to a report from 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, KU coach Bill Self conducted an in-home visit with Hampton and his family on Tuesday night.

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The college basketball recruiting class of 2019 has a new player in it. And his name is one youve probably heard a few hundred times before.

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Best 3 years of my life, Hamptons Tuesday morning Tweet read. Little Elm will forever and always be home. Thank you.

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Hampton, a 5-star prospect who sits very high on KUs wish list, announced the news in a video on Twitter.

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1] Just maybe by July, the dust will have settled and the NCAA issue will be resolved one way or the other.

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“Just his play at USA and not from what everyone else said, but it was my feeling as his dad,” Hampton said. “His play at USA and this weekend [at EYBL], it was stellar. You got bonafide pros in that league. In 24 months, 36 months you have bonafide pros from 2020 to 2022.”

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Hampton, a 6-foot-5 combination guard out of Little Elm (Tex.) High, has been contemplating this move for the past year. His play at EYBL this past weekend, helped solidify the move. Hampton was second in scoring during the league, averaging 28.8 points a game.

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“Beard is one of the great minds and he what he’s done with less, and I’m thinking what can he do if he gets more,” he added. “Beard was the first to call him when they could call juniors at midnight.”

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“He was a shining star,” he added. “There was nobody that was better than him. He held his own. I just felt like if he was going than he needed to do it.”

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“We talked about it before this weekend and then on the plane on the way back, and he said he didn’t have anything left for high school,” he added.

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Now Hampton’s attention turns to which college he wants to attend in the fall. His list, according to his father, currently sits at four.

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“It’s going to be Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis and we took off Duke and added Texas Tech,” the elder Hampton told 247Sports.

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Little Elms R.J. Hampton (14) moves the ball against South Garlands Tyrese Maxey (3) during the third quarter at Little Elm High School in Little Elm, Texas on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Little Elm won 80-66. (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News)

During the last three seasons, coach Rusty Segler often had to wait a while to address his Little Elm boys basketball team after games.

Thats because RJ Hampton, his uber-talented, five-star guard, stayed in the gym to sign autographs for swarms of kids who admired the Class of 2020 studs highlight moves and infectious personality.

The delays never upset Segler. He knew Hamptons demeanor and maturity set a good example for the young fans and offered proof that the best player [he] ever coached in 38 years on the sideline was poised to do well at every level he goes.

Hampton announced Tuesday his decision to forgo his senior season at Little Elm and reclassify to the Class of 2019, a growing trend among the nations most elite players.

The five-star guard, ranked No. 1 in Texas for the Class of 2020 and as the No. 2 combo guard in the nation, according to 247Sports.com, has 17 offers from Division I NCAA programs across the country.

The 6-5, 186-pound Gatorade National Player of the Year finalist is considering Texas Tech, Memphis, Kentucky and Kansas, continuing his ascent to likely 2020 NBA draft lottery pick.

Seeing him evolve as a young man and to see the things that he could do on the basketball court without getting a big head, becoming a primadonna, Segler said. You might say Coach, the highlight has to be when he did this dunk or that dunk or won that game.

No, no, no. My deal is this is much bigger than basketball, and watching him be the person he is and I know hell continue to be, thats the highlight to me.

Segler, who has more than 650 career wins but whom Little Elm reassigned after the 2018-19 season, said the possibility of Hampton graduating early has long been an option.

He wouldnt speculate whether his removal factored into Hamptons decision to leave early, but instead said Hamptons plethora of accomplishments left few other goals if he returned for a final Little Elm season.

The 18-year-old was the first non-senior Texas boys basketball Gatorade Player of the Year since 2013, earned SportsDayHS all-area first team recognition the last two seasons and had a Dallas-area-best 32 points, 9.7 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game in 2018-19. Hes also won several gold medals with Team USAs U16 and U17 national teams.

To reclassify, a player must meet typical NCAA graduation requirements, including 16 core academic courses, and have a minimum 2.3 GPA in core classes. The minimum SAT or ACT score depends on GPA.

Hampton has a 3.75 GPA and 1280 SAT score, according to ESPN, to surpass the threshold. He plans to graduate in August, allowing him to be one year removed from high school for eligibility in the 2020 NBA draft.

Several recent top-10 NBA picks have reclassified, and South Garland guard Tyrese Maxey, whos signed to Kentucky in the Class of 2019, publicly considered moving to the Class of 2018.

The main impetus behind reclassifying? Get to the NBA sooner — and at a younger age. The last nine No. 1 overall NBA draft picks have been teenagers.

Hamptons college decision should come soon, as the NCAA Division I basketball regular signing period spans April 17 to May 15.

Hes planning to visit Kentucky, Memphis and Texas Tech, the national runner-up which a day earlier signed coach Chris Beard to a six-year contract extension, soon, according to a blog he wrote for USA Today. Hampton will also have a third in-home visit with Kansas coach Bill Self, according to ESPN.

“I feel that from a development standpoint,” Hampton said, “this is the right move for me at this time in order to play against the highest level of competition possible.

“I am eager to test myself against older and more physically developed players in order to help improve my weaknesses and prepare me for reaching the ultimate goal of playing in the NBA.”

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