Reclassification rumors have surrounded 2020 five-star combo guard RJ Hampton for several months now, and today, the elite prospect out of Little Elm, TX confirmed they are absolutely legit.
“I’m considering reclassifying to 2019 at this point,” Hampton said in a blog post on USA Today.
Already 18 years old, the 6-foot-4 guard is in a similar situation to the one Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans was in last year around this time. He’s old enough to be a freshman in college right now, and with dreams of getting to the NBA as fast as possible, it’d be silly not to make the jump if he’s ready both physically and academically.
While he says he will make a final decision here in the next few months, Hampton said he’s going to be looking at current NBA Draft decisions and how the rosters of his final four schools in contention fill out.
“I just wanted to see how the teams’ seasons ended and how the rosters were stacking up,” he said. “What I’ll really be looking at with this decision is who’s there and how I’ll fit in with next year’s squad. I just really want to know how I’d be used in the system.”
After cutting TCU from his list this weekend, Hampton’s final four teams include Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and Memphis. For
As for his interest in the Wildcats, the elite guard prospect said he loves how Kentucky head coach John Calipari helps his players reach their dreams.
“What I like about Kentucky is that Coach (John) Calipari is really focused on putting players in position to be successful and reach their dreams and goals and that’s how he’s able to win,” he said.
While the narrative out there right now is that Hampton wants the ball in his hands as much as possible in college, the 6-foot-4 guard says he actually wants to play with another elite point guard at the next level.
“I actually think playing with another elite point guard is a more attractive option because either one of us can bring it down and I can do what I do best and score the ball,” he said. “I think that makes us a more dangerous team.”
Would friend and fellow Texas native Tyrese Maxey count as another elite point guard option?