Five-star target R.J. Hampton eyeing return visit to Kansas; may join good friend Jalen Wilson later this month | Tale of the Tait – KUsports

Five-star target R.J. Hampton eyeing return visit to Kansas; may join good friend Jalen Wilson later this month | Tale of the Tait - KUsports

RJ Hampton may visit Kansas, to decide in early June

Share Share RJ Hampton cuts Kentucky tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Since reclassifying into the Class of 2019, five-star guard and fourth-overall recruit RJ Hampton has been trying to make a college decision sooner rather than later.

On Monday, Hampton took another step toward doing so, as he cut the Kentucky Wildcats from consideration and trimmed his list to three schools: The Kansas Jayhawks, Texas Tech Red Raiders and Memphis Tigers.

Hoping we get good news from Dotson and Grimes as well. Dotson is more important but i think Grimes will be an interesting player if he comes back. Reminds me a lot of Henry and similarly i think both could use a second year to refine their fundamentals. I get the rush but typically, with most things, it is advantageous to build a solid base that can last opposed to hastily forcing something and being impatient. I think if Henry would have stayed and developed some he may have stayed around the NBA longer.

RJ Hampton is down to Memphis, Kansas, and Texas Tech, per his father on our show. Says Kentuckys backcourt is set.

Kansas currently has three signees in the 2019 class. Four-star guards Christian Braun (Blue Valley Northwest) and Issac McBridge (Baptist Prep in Little Rock, Ark.) signed in November, and four-star forward Tristan Enaruna, who currently is KUs highest-ranked 2019 signee, committed to KU and signed his letter of intent earlier this month.

Hampton recently released his final four of schools hes interested in, listing Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis and Texas Tech.

While landing either player — Wilson is a 4-star prospect ranked No. 47 overall by Rivals and Hampton is a 5-star prize — would significantly bolster KUs 2019 recruiting class, the idea of getting both of them to join the Jayhawks for next season is enough to move KUs class, which currently ranks No. 31, into the Top 10.

But with Kentucky returning Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley to join 2019 additions Tyrese Maxey and Johnny Juzang, Hampton wants to go elsewhere and have more command of a backcourt.

The Hamptons must have been impressed with the coaching of Chris Beard over recent years to include Texas Tech over Kentucky, who was once viewed as the favorite in this recruitment. While Beards program could certainly pull off a shocker and land Hampton, its most likely that the star recruit winds up with either Memphis or Kansas.

There are a lot of kids who, from a SKILL standpoint, are every bit as skilled as some of the top rated guys, but just dont have the body to go with it yet. There are some kids who will one day be solid NBA players, that are currently ranked outside the top 50.

Kansas is absolutely a spectacular program, however they havent quite matched up to the success of Kentucky as far as preparing college athletes for the NBA and also dont have the swagger Memphis has to offer.

What Ive learned over the years is that there are A LOT of kids who are ranked from say 50 to 150 who simply havent physically developed yet the way most of the top 20 kids have…but WILL hit growth spurts, add muscle mass, etc after a few years of college.

Former NBA All-Star and Orlando Magic great Penny Hardaway is now coaching the Tigers and has made significant noise in regards to recruits of the 2019 class.

Starting with top-overall recruit James Wiseman and following that up with DJ Jeffries, Lester Quinones, Boogie Ellis and Precious Achiuwa, ending with Hampton would be a home run for Hardaway.

According to a Monday report from 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, Hampton, the No. 5-ranked player in the 2019 class per Rivals.com, is considering joining Wilson on his upcoming visit to KU, which is slated for May 30-June 1.

While it stings to miss on a recruit as good as Hampton, Kentucky has the comfort of knowing theyll have a great backcourt next season with Hagans, Maxey, Juzang and Quickley leading the way.

Growing up I loved the Morris twins. They were really big role models, Wilson said of NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris. I love Kansas basketball. Just Allen Fieldhouse … the atmosphere is crazy. Thats the loudest Ive ever heard a gym (during visit to KU during his junior season). Just the tradition they have there … they have a lot of successful guards and wings. Just the basketball, the atmosphere, the crowds, the alumni, the college itself is so alive. It never dies. Coach (Bill) Self and his staff are great coaches. They are really cool. You can talk to them. Its not even like a coach to a player relationship. (Self says), I am here to make you get better, make you reach your dreams. Thats what I really like about him, Wilson added.

Edit Slot to 247Sports Home Slot to Hoops Recruiting on 247Sports Newsletter Slot to College Basketball Recruiting Links Five-star guard RJ Hampton is in the midst of the stretch run of his college recruitment.

Weve been friends since I think first grade. Thats my guy. Thats my right-hand man, Wilson said Sunday of Hampton in a podcast with Joe Tipton of Tipton Edits. Hes just a great guy, a great player. With us and Kansas, thatd be a great fit. Everybody is already assuming were going to play together. Ive not played with him in a long time. If that happens … I mean Lawrence better be ready. Thatd be pretty lit, Wilson added.

Hampton, who recently opted to reclassify from 2020 to 2019, is considering Kansas, Memphis and Texas Tech, according to his father Rod Hampton.

Hampton has previously taken official visits to Kansas (Dec. 14) and Memphis (Sept. 13), and he may be going back to Kansas next week.

Im thinking that he may visit Kansas with Jalen (Wilson, who asked out of his letter-of-intent at Michigan last week and will visit KU on May 30), Rod Hampton told 247Sports.com on Monday. We dont need to visit Kansas or Memphis, but the next couple of days hes going to decide where Texas Tech stands. If hes serious about that, then well go visit, Rod Hampton added.

“I’m thinking that he may visit Kansas with Jalen [Wilson],” the elder Hampton told 247Sports.

Two starters are (currently) leaving for the draft (in Dotson, Grimes). Its something we (he and Hampton) are going to have in our back pocket, Wilson said. Two high level players are going to play a lot for Kansas (if they return). Its always something youve got to think about.

Wilson is scheduled to go to Kansas from May 30 to June 1st. Hampton added that it wasn’t definitive, and that Wilson and his son are best friends, but they both ended to make their college choices separately.

Wilson (and possibly Hampton) will visit KU the day after the May 29 deadline for college players to remove their names from the NBA Draft if they wish to return to school. KU guards Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes and power forward Silvio De Sousa have their names currently in the draft pool.

The next question is if he’ll take an official to Texas Tech, who jumped in his recruitment recently.

Moses Moody, a 6-5 junior combo guard from Montverde (Florida) Academy, is being recruited by Kansas, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas, Ohio State, Florida and others, he told Rivals.com. Moody, the No. 47-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2020 by Rivals.com, recently visited Ohio State.

“We don’t need to visit to Kansas or Memphis, but the next couple of days he’s going to decide where Texas Tech stands,” he said. “If he’s serious about that then we’ll go visit.”

Memphis has no scholarships left to award prospects in the Class of 2019. However, Rayjon Tucker, a 6-5 graduate transfer combo guard out of Arkansas-Little Rock, who has committed to Memphis, may decide to keep his name in the 2019 NBA Draft, which would open a spot.

In terms of making his college choice, Hampton, a standout at Little Elm (Tex.) High, has targeted early June to knock out a decision.

Hampton currently ranks No. 5 overall and a the No. 2 combination guard in the 247Sports Composite and Top247 Rankings.


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