Share Share Wednesday Quickies: RJ Hampton Reclassification Edition tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Kentucky is in the hunt for one of the best high school basketball players in the country, but hes planning to enroll in college a year earlier than originally thought.
Kentucky has been after RJ Hampton for a while, but amidst a heavy amount of rumors that have been swirling, Hampton announced he would be making the jump from the Class of 2020 to the Class of 2019.
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Five-star guard RJ Hampton to reclassify to 2019
In the process, he cut his list to four schools, knocking Duke out in the process (a team that was once thought to be the leader) and replaced them with in-state Texas Tech.
Kentucky remained on the list, although Duke point guard Tre Jones returning to school apparently factored into Hamptons decision to eliminate them from contention. That is interesting because Kentucky brings back guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley next year, while also bringing in Tyrese Maxey.
On the surface, it doesnt seem good for Kentuckys chances if the returning backcourt will be a factor in Hamptons decision, but his dad said he likes how coach John Calipari has handled multi-guard lineups in the past.
Of course, Calipari utilized a three-guard lineup with Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe, as well as the following year with Briscoe, DeAaron Fox and Malik Monk. Its not hard to see a lineup where Hampton plays alongside some combination of Hagans, Maxey and Quickley.
Hampton is planning a visit to Lexington soon, and the coaching staff will pitch their idea of how to play him alongside the other talented guards and put him in a position to be a lottery pick the following year. Its kind of a crazy scenario, but if anyone can do it, Cal would be the one.
Memphis, Kansas, and Texas Tech are the other options, all of which have a much more obvious opening for Hampton to come into.
One more note on RJ Hampton. Those that say UK has enough guards has quickly forgot guard play struggled in the final two games. Wouldve been nice to have too much then. If RJ chooses Kentucky, youd see some three-guard looks with Hagans, Maxey, and RJ. Just a thought.
Hampton is considered to be one of the best prep guards in a number of years, KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott said Tuesday. Although hes a natural scorer, he can play either guard position and has a number of elite skills that make him an attractive option for any roster.
RJ Hamptons father says his son can play with other talented guards if he chose to go to Kentucky.
If Kentucky can land Hampton, theyll bring in one of the elite talents they have missed on recently.
Kentucky high school basketball will be without its two winningest active coaches next season – Herald Leader
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.
Edit Slot to 247Sports Home Slot to Hoops Recruiting on 247Sports Newsletter Slot to College Basketball Recruiting Links Five-star guard RJ Hampton is reclassifying to the 2019 class and is considering four schools, his father Rod Hampton told 247Sports.
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.
“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.”
“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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“It’s going to be Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis and we took off Duke and added Texas Tech,” the elder Hampton told 247Sports.
“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.”
Hampton has already taken official visits to Memphis (Sept. 13), Kentucky (Oct. 12) and Kansas (Dec. 14). He’s yet to schedule any new visits.
Hampton was ranked No. 5 overall in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and No. 7 in the Top247 in the 2020 class.