To celebrate his 18th birthday, 2020 five-star guard RJ Hampton decided to make the first major step forward in his recruitment by trimming his list down to five.
|RJ Hampton (2020)
Combo Guard | 6-5 | 190 lbs.
Little Elm, TX | Little Elm
AAU: Mudiay Elite
|ESPN||No. 5 | 1 PG||Top247||No. 6 | 1 CG|
|Rivals||No. 5 | 1 PG||247 Comp.||No. 6 | 1 CG|
The final schools in contention? Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis, and TCU.
He announced his final list in a tweet this afternoon:
— 14 (@RjHampton14) February 7, 2019
Those five schools shouldn’t come as a surprise. Kentucky, Kansas, and Memphis are the three schools that have received official visits for the elite guard, while Duke and TCU have also received unofficial visits.
Now that he has focused his recruitment on five schools, things are about to get interesting.
Sources tell KSR that while the narrative out there is that Duke may have a slight lead, all five schools in contention have a shot and Hampton is going to play out this process with an open mind.
When he does dive into the nitty gritty of things, I’m told Kentucky will be right in the thick of things until the end. The entire Hampton family is very fond of John Calipari and his sales pitch, which yes, continues to be the ever-popular “Kentucky isn’t for everyone” mindset. With the elite scoring guard being one of the toughest competitors in all of high school basketball, they embrace the fact that nothing would be handed to him at Kentucky and it won’t be easy.
The next interesting aspect of Hampton’s recruitment is when he’ll actually be playing college basketball. His name has been thrown around in reclassification rumors over the last several months, and while it’s not a certainty by any stretch, sources tell KSR it is in consideration for the elite prospect.
We’ll have more on Hampton’s recruitment on the Monday Insider Notes, and KSR’s Aaron Torres will also be back next week with his own big update on Hampton, so be on the look-out for that.
For now, though, you can watch his most recent highlight tape below:
Come on down, RJ.