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Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

26 responses to “Getting to Know the 2020 Recruiting Prospect: R.J. Hampton”

  1. StuckinLville

    Why? He wont come here. No one seems to want to anymore. They want to go be the man and not have to earn anything.

    1. Kentuckybbnfan01

      Rj is different he knows he will be the man wherever he goes that’s why he has so many blue bloods in his final five

    2. bigblue2284

      I agree we won’t get him but the “be the man” comment is overplayed. Duke doesn’t have issues getting elite talent and they bring in more talent than us. Maybe it’s Cal screaming and throwing temper tantrums at the players on the sidelines or Cals refusal to let the players have fun playing.

    3. shelby

      Where do u get this nonsense that Cal doesn’t let the players have fun? That’s BS!

    4. bigbluebanana

      Yep, you have solved it bigblue#2. Can’t wait until Mitch pays you and your brethren the big bucks to come in and fix the dumpster fire that is UK b-ball. Go ask any of the kids playing right now, better yet, go ask all stars like Wall, Cousins, AD, or Derek Rose if they had fun playing for Cal. Every last one of them would say absolutely. You know who wouldn’t? James Young, Archie, Orton, etc. Ya know, the guys that didn’t want to work hard to be the best? Better yet, just go find any of those three period…would love to know which corner of obscurity and irrelevance they’re hiding in. If it wasn’t for Cal, we would have the #1 recruiting class every year and ten straight championships…just like before he got here. Wait, what’s that? That wasn’t what it was like before Cal? No shlt, because Cal is the reason we are relevant again. I’m tired of weak azz fans like you running your mouths. Go find another team bro, Cal ain’t going nowhere, and thank god for that. I don’t miss the days of mediocrity and barely top 50 recruiting classes. No one can do what Cal has done for us, and his players, and most of us semi—intelligent fans love him for that. Go cry in your circlejerk with bigolblue and mashburnfan dude, no one wants your crap here.

    5. StuckinLville

      Do u not watch all access videos or pay attention when Cal is mic’ed up? He’s always telling them to just play ball and have fun. John Wall said he wasnt having fun but he didn’t say all that other. And the reason he said that was because Cal wasnt letting him do whatever he wanted and to play within the team. Every pg under Cal but Tyler Ulis hit that wall because he was a true floor general. And “the man” is not overplayed. Look at Isaiah Stewart. Also, Coach K missed out on some guys everyone thought they were getting. Cal doesn’t make players mom’s cry, force them out the door, or lie to his players like Coach K.

    6. IrishCat

      We play a “terribly slow paced game”. Lmao. Has this guy ever watched basketball?

    7. 4everUKblue

      You’re funny bigblue.

    8. bigblue2284

      A direct quote from John Wall “coach I’m not having fun”. He plays a terribly slow paced game and doesn’t press to speed up the game. Go ahead tell me why recruiting has fallen off, I’ll wait. Oh I forgot guys don’t want to compete except Duke hailed the top three players in the class.

    9. bigbluebanana

      Show me where you got that quote bigblue. I’ll wait. And if it is in any way real, what’s the context? Every player in every team ever will say that in the midst of a bad game or a bad day. I can go to google right now and find well over 30 quotes directly from John wall saying playing for Cal is the reason he’s so successful and him saying how much he loved playing for Cal. Also, recruiting hasn’t fallen off, us or dook have been 1 and 2 every year Cal has been here. Quit spewing bs drama, you can’t just project your shltty view as facts.

      Folks, we may have a new contender for idiot of the day around here, let’s see how he responds.

    10. CATandMONKEY

      The one way to tell 2284 idiot from no excuses idiot:

      2284 knows someone who can actually find AND use, the Google search bar…though he is more likely using Alta Vista.

    11. MrPioneer

      Guys, the search is over. We have found him. We have found the dumbest individual to ever visit this site. Congrats, bigblue2284! How does it feel to own that crown?

  2. Luether

    Good post, Aaron. Thanks…

  3. A_Blue_Wildcat

    I’ve seen a lot of his tape and he’s a talented player, however he has a terrible attitude at the moment. Extremely cocky and trash talks/starts fights like crazy. Think Isaiah Briscoe type attitude but maybe worse. Not saying this can’t change, he is just in high school after all, but hopefully he does manage to avoid being a headache.

  4. BigolBlue

    Well he isnt top 5 so cal has a shot

    1. bigbluebanana

      You talk like Cal took a shot on your mom. He didn’t mean to hurt you.

    2. 4everUKblue

      BigolSlaterMedic aka No more excuses is butt hurt.

    3. 4everUKblue

      BigolSlaterMedic aka No more excuses is a UofL fan and his brother is a UK fan, he just likes to mess with us, he doesn’t believe any of the nonsense he puts on here.

  5. davis2319

    We were honestly spoiled by Cal’s first couple recruiting classes. We still get multiple top 20 recruits in a class and we still bitch and moan. The classes of John Wall and Anthony Davis spoiled us to where if we don’t land a recruit in the top 5, the class is considered a failure. Our team is currently ranked 5th in the country with a chance to get a 1-seed and play the sweet 16 and elite 8 games in Louisville. Guess what?? No top 5 recruits on our team! Tennessee is ranked #1 in the country and guess what?? No top 5 recruits! UVA?? No top 5 recruits! Honestly I don’t want to see another post about a damn recruit unless he is going to pick Kentucky and who cares about his ranking. Let’s focus on this team and how fun it is watching them transform into a championship contender.

    1. mikeintn

      Very well said davis, AMEN!

  6. No more excuses cal

    This kid ain’t walking through that door. get use to it cal lost his edge. We’re back to medicore requreting 10 lose season time for a change

    1. CATandMONKEY

      The beauty of someone like noexcuses is they give the world a reason to create better definitions and new words to describe as yet unforseen levels of intellectual deficiency.

  7. Brad

    Cal said john wall came to him and said he isnt having fun. So it’s kind of true that was spoken but he didnt say it was because of calipari. It was more along the lines of how hard it is to go to school make grades and live up to the hype and the pressure that comes with it. Good try though

  8. CahillsCrossingNT

    He won’t come here. He’ll go to Duke, where he can win a championship. Perhaps Calipari should just recruit three-star, four-year types because the very best won’t come. Even the fourth-best coach in the Harbaugh family is taking his recruits away. Like it or not, Calipari’s recruiting is in decline.

    1. UKBigBlueForever

      CahillsCrossingNT, you are a good little troll. Cal’s recruiting is in decline ROFLMAO. I guess getting 5, 5 star players in a class is considered declining. We used to be HAPPY to get 1… now we get 3-5 of them and “Cal has lost his edge”. Are you effing kidding me?

    2. BigolBlue

      True Cahill