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.
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.
Hampton, a 5-star prospect who sits very high on KUs wish list, announced the news in a video on Twitter.
Best 3 years of my life, Hamptons Tuesday morning Tweet read. Little Elm will forever and always be home. Thank you.
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.
Included with it was a 1-minute video that featured the 6-foot-5 junior thanking a series of people who have helped him throughout his career, including his coaches, teammates, best friends and family.
Fortunately, Chris Beard is already reaping the benefits of his on-court success bonanza, as evidenced by Tech’s 16th ranked recruiting class, headlined by 4-stars Ramsey and Terrence Shannon Jr. Of course, there’s also Hampton they’re pursuing, who this article is about. Add him (I’d say it’s unlikely but 18-year-olds are crazy man, so don’t rule anything out) and TT is looking at a certain top-10 and possibly top-5 class: an unprecedented haul for the program.
With that said, Ive decided to forgo my senior season and join the Class of 2019, Hampton said to close the video.
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.
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.
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.
The dynamic, playmaking guard averaged 29 points, five assists and five rebounds last weekend in Atlanta.
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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.
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.
Duke is out, Texas Tech and head coach Chris Beard are in and the race to land the No. 5-ranked player in the 2020 class, according to Rivals.com, is officially on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
At this point, Hampton has nothing left to prove at the high school level. He has burnished his reputation as a 65 lead guard with long arms, quick feet, and refined scoring instincts. Though Hampton has been groomed as a point guard, hes versatile enough to play either backcourt spot because of his aggressive mindset, developing pick-and-roll capabilities, and 68 wingspan. The foundation of his game is driving to the basket as he continues to hone his jump shot.
I would feel very, very comfortable dropping R.J. off at Kansas right now with Jerrance Howard and the coaching staff at Kansas. I would have no problem at all and would feel very comfortable with R.J. playing at Kansas with Jerrance and the staff. We are definitely comfortable with the coaching staff.
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.
Its not exciting to hear that TTU is now in the game, though they have a pretty huge turnover for next year. In terms of % lost to retained maybe even more than KU.
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
By the way, if you are a dad, you might want to rethink dropping your kid off with a guy who was convicted with a DUI a few years ago and failed to tell his boss or anyone else at the university. But, then again, this is your one shining moment, so whatever it takes to get quoted. Call Lavarr, hel help you through this. Big Baller Brand!
1] Just maybe by July, the dust will have settled and the NCAA issue will be resolved one way or the other.
2] KU goes on probation, who we got is all we got and Dok will have to stay healthy and try to shoot at least 50% from the foul line, Devon will listen to the NBA and improve his distribution, shooting and avoid driving into trouble, Marcus must find a shot he can make consistently, Ochai must dig deep into his potential, ditto for David, Mitch must maintain his heart of a line and continue to be a “wall” at the hoop, Silvio somehow escaping Stalag NCAA would be amazing and the two new kids better learn defense and three point shooting in a hurry.
3] KU evades probation, then all of the above plus some other guys to be named later. Winning the Big 12 is possible and getting into the NCAA is likely.
Kansas, theyve been on me hard since my freshman year. Coach Self is a great guy. Him and coach Jerrance Howard have really talked to me the hardest about reclassifying in the 2019 class. Theyre really just telling me theyre gonna have a good group of guys around me to play point guard, and off the ball.
4] I am not going to indict or defend Bill Self because I think every elite program and most of those that arent elite are all on the take or are in cahoots with, in one form or another, shoe companies, boosters, agents, parents, guardians etc.
5] Since this is a list of random thoughts, is chocolate chip ice cream better with dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips?????
At the point you immerse dark chocolate in a couple scoops of ice cream, isnt it pretty much also milk chocolate?
He still thinks score first, so you might think more two, but then again in todays game scoring guards are now point guards. I think hes a very good off the ball playmaker type. I think hes still ironing some things out in terms of skill set. But long term, I think hes a playmaking lead guard.
Good article, although I fear this does not bode well for KUs chances at Hampton landing at KU. We are guard heavy – and thats without Grimes possible return.
Getting more consistent at coming down and pulling up as a shooter. Also knowing your personnel as a passer. If youre passing to a big who cant really catch, as a point guard you have to know that. You cant say its their fault if theres a turnover. You have to know where he likes the ball,.
Mr. Howard has helped with a lot of top recruits. So give him his due. Made some mistakes, but havent we all.
I refuse to get to giddy about R.J. because the girl who really wants you is the one that matters, and all the rest is just bright lights and manipulation.
We also need to get over OAD, that is a mental disease in which one escapes the overall reality of a team by looking for the quick fix, which 90% of the time is a mirage.
The only reason I am not 100% against OAD, is because of Josh Jackson. There was never a player that came to play as a freshman like he did. He was every bit as good as his billing.
Recruiting really good basketball players who have a strong team and work ethic is always a good idea.
Ive been away from the comments section for a while… at what point did Brett McCabe turn against the team and when did Jay Scott become the voice of reason on here? What weird, alternate reality is this!?!?!?
I have zero faith in him picking KU…with the hype Texas Tech has and the lure of the new cool kid at Memphis (Penny) combined with the FBI black cloud, KU really isnt in the race to land him..hope Im wrong but weve seen them miss on EVERY top recruit theyve went after..dont see why this would be the exception
Ive been watching the storm clouds gathering over Arizona from testimony. Im hoping that KU will cease being the NCAAs whipping boy and I hope that Arizona takes the spotlight off KU. I havent read about other programs, but Sean Miller really sounds like hes dirty and whatever Self and the other coaches were caught saying / texting is really nothing as bad as AZs practices.
I have never understood this whole “reclassification” thing. How does that work academically? Is it only for people who have already graduated or have enough credits to graduate from high school? If that were the case, why would there even be a QUESTION as to whether they would reclassify? And if that were not the case, how would they be academically eligible?
Or it is a situation where its just a question of whether to go to college or spend a year at a prep school?