The top-ranked point guard in the 2020 class will play college basketball this fall. R.J. Hampton tells ESPN he will soon graduate and enroll in a college this fall.
“I’ve decided to reclassify to the 2019 class,” Hampton told ESPN. “I am doing this because I feel that from a development standpoint, this is the right move for me at this time in order to play against the highest level of competition possible. I am eager to test myself against older and more physically developed players in order to help improve my weaknesses and prepare me for reaching the ultimate goal of playing in the NBA.”
Reclassification rumors have swirled around Hampton for quite some time, so much so that he had an announcement last fall declaring he would stay in the 2020 class. That all changed this weekend at the opening round of the Nike EYBL. Hampton and his father all but said to KSR he will be making the jump into the 2019 class.
Hampton is considering Kentucky, Texas Tech, Kansas and Memphis. He recently removed Duke from the list in favor of Texas Tech, a school closer to home that has generated a ton of buzz following their National Championship game appearance. Chris Beard recently signed a contract extension and has a point guard vacancy to fill.
Official visits are the next step for the five-star point guard. Hampton tells ESPN he’ll be visiting Lexington, Lubbock and Memphis in the coming weeks.
Jack Pilgrim will have more details on the developments in Hampton’s recruitment in this week’s insider notes.