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It sounds like RJ Hampton is going to reclassify to 2019

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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.”

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

33 Comments for It sounds like RJ Hampton is going to reclassify to 2019



  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    2:09 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    Hard to comprehend that he would come to UK but I will say that if any of these players, current or recruits, think they are going to make it in the NBA without facing tough competition they are delusional. 13 scholarships…use them all.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      2:14 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      C-Richards, Montgomery, Brown
      PF-Blackshear, Sestina
      SF-Whitney, Brooks, Allen
      SG-Maxey, Hampton, Juzang
      PG-Hagans, Quickley
      Not going to happen. But fun to dream about.



    • KatsKlaws
      3:47 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      I’m having a brain lock moment…who is Brown?



    • runningunnin.454
      4:52 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      Jordan Brown, transfer from Nevada…we don’t have him yet; and he would have to sit out a year…we’re not princess Dook who would probably get a waiver.



  2. 4everUKblue
    2:13 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    It won’t take long for the trolls to show up on this one.



    • Cokely53
      3:32 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      They are out in droves today. County jail needs to crack down on contraband cell phones apparently.



    • makeitstop
      3:34 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      Lol yea the burner phone sales are up



  3. Cokely53
    2:19 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    Seems like this kid wants to go Memphis so he can have the ball in his hands and shoot it a million times. Obviously would be a game changer if he came but not sure he is going to be a team first guy that’ll buy into Cals plan.



  4. a21CATSfan
    2:23 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    It would be fun to throw out a lineup of Hagans, Maxey, Hampton, Whitney/Brooks and Blackshear. A bench of Quickley, Juzang, Brooks/Whitney, Sestina and Montgomery/Richards would be even better. CATS



  5. Big Sexy
    2:38 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    I’m thinking the backcourt is going to be a little too crowded for his liking. Especially if Juzang commits.



  6. BlueAce
    2:45 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    He’s not coming here if we get Juzang.We will have to many guards/wings. Hampton is DUKE bound. He just looks like a typical Duke player.



    • addyjaxlarkin
      2:56 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      My source confirmed your Duke info… you my friend are absolutely correct.



    • Cokely53
      2:58 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      Duke has more guards and wings than we do



    • notFromhere
      4:50 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      addyjaxlarkin just looked in its toilet again. Someone tell it “that isn’t a source”



  7. addyjaxlarkin
    2:56 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    Treat my source like a half court shot and Bank it.



    • JT919
      4:45 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      This wasn’t funny the first time you posted it and it definitely isn’t funny the 19th time either.



  8. BlueAce
    3:06 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    My sources aren’t now telling me he will go to Memphis where can shoot the ball as much as he wants. Both Penny and K are both killing Cal in recruiting.



    • JT919
      4:47 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      K maybe, but Penny has been there one year and he only got Wiseman because of the personal connection. Slow down.



    • nocode96
      5:26 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      Oh stfu already you sock puppet.



  9. Kat4Life
    3:10 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    Not good news in my opinion.There is no plausible scenario in which he comes to Kentucky to share time with the other guards we have. Not gonna happen.



  10. michaelb
    3:20 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    These Hampton guys sound more sensible than most . I like their awareness and belief that rj will rise above the competition



    • friendsofcoal
      3:36 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      The do seem very sensible. I can see him coming to UK and finding his spot for a year then cashing in in the 2020 draft.



    • makeitstop
      3:36 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      That was my thought – of course I thought Knox would come back bc his dad could afford it, but I agree, they seem all business.



  11. friendsofcoal
    3:35 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    Memphis is a joke…always has been and always will be. They MIGHT have a decent season but no FF.



  12. 1UKFAN6
    3:41 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    He is a dukie. No doubt



  13. VirginiaCat
    4:22 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    The Crystal Ball projections tell the story. 99% chance he is going to Memphis, Duke, or Kansas. Kentucky is not included in the mix. Nothing to see here, move on.



  14. oruacat2
    5:03 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    “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.

    His father, Rod, believes his son is ready for college basketball.

    But is he ready for college, Rod?
    Is he set to actually graduate from high school with all his academic requirements in order?

    I’m not a fan of this new reclassification trend. It’s tough enough winning with college freshmen every year – now we want to take ’em even younger? No thanks.



    • Carcrook
      6:07 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      Dude, if it wasn’t for that rule we wouldn’t had, Hagans on our team this past season! Now, how wouI’d we had been w/out, him at pg and has a team? Smh….



    • oruacat2
      6:15 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      We would’ve had a PG who was a little older, a little wiser, probably a bit more physically developed, stronger, etc. You know, like all those previous decades before this new trend.



    • Carcrook
      8:02 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      Our, are you talking about all those years with, Tubby? Look how that turned out after ’98!



    • mashburnfan1
      7:42 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      ORU…most of these kids that reclassify are not younger. Several were held back at an early age, some maybe for grades and some to be better at sports vs younger players. Happens all the time because of AAU and USSSA and all sports leagues. Odds are this kid is as old as most HS Seniors this year.



    • Carcrook
      8:00 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      Mash, you’re exactly right. I remember kids staying back for sports when I was in grade school!



    • Skooms
      1:33 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

      USSSA? Isn’t that a softball league?