The top-ranked point guard in the 2020 recruiting class might not be there much longer.
“I don’t think I have anything left in high school to prove to anybody,” R.J. Hampton told reporters at the Atlanta Nike EYBL.
One of the five best players in the 2020 recruiting class, Hampton told KSR he’ll reach a reclassification decision the week after the Peach Jam. His father, Rod, believes his son is ready for college basketball. The family just wants to see how rosters shape up after NBA decisions. Earlier this week the Hamptons shared their intentions with John Calipari.
“We told him that we’re really, really considering reclassifying, so his pitched toned up. He had no clue that we were going to do it,” said Rod Hampton. “I just told him that we’re really considering it. It’s over 50% now that we’re going to reclass, so he’s trying to put the pieces together. It’ll be interesting if Johnny Juzang chooses them after the visit. It’s a good program. I just feel that he can fit in with all the schools we’re looking at.”
If Juzang does commit, it will not deter Hampton away from UK.
“I’m not scared off of anybody that’s there,” R.J. Hampton said. “I’m confident in my game. I know they are too. They’re great players and I don’t know why any other great player wouldn’t want to play with other great players.”
But could Hampton fit in with Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey? Calipari’s advice to Hampton is, “Don’t fit in. Be yourself and go out there and play. The best players will be on the court at the end of the day.”
Even so, Rod Hampton believes his son is best with the ball in his hands.
“He can play. Do I think he’s better with the ball in his hands? Yes he is, but he’s really damn good off the ball too. So we’re just going to see how it goes. It’s going to come down to fit. That’s why I wanna wait till all the rosters are put together. If there’s a spot for him, there’s a spot for him. I’m in no rush to kick him out the house.”
Hampton will ultimately decide between Duke, Kansas, Memphis and Kentucky. To sweeten the pitch, Calipari has compared Hampton to Devin Booker.
“He didn’t start, but he signed for what, $180 million the other day?” Rod Hampton said, “Cal knows how to work his magic.”