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RJ Hampton’s father says RJ and Boogie Ellis could go to Memphis

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

John Martin, a popular radio host in Memphis, dropped a line on Twitter that isn’t exciting for us Kentucky fans.

Martin said he spoke to Rod Hampton, the father of RJ Hampton, and Rod told him RJ and Boogie Ellis can play together at Memphis. Ellis is the four-star guard released from his commitment to Duke earlier today.

Memphis’ revived interest in Ellis could’ve been interpreted as giving up on Hampton, but instead Hampton is open to the idea of playing with Ellis in Memphis? The hell is Penny Hardaway telling these kids down there?

Penny might end up with the top recruiting class for the first time in Memphis history.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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41 Comments for RJ Hampton’s father says RJ and Boogie Ellis could go to Memphis

  1. peaches76
    5:53 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    Penny’s the new kid on the block. Decent 1st year and now loading up with NBA 1st rounders. If Wiseman n co go n 1st round as expected will his recruiting continue at a high level regardless of team achievements?

  2. nocode96
    5:58 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    I’m 37, Penny was good and popular for like 3 years in the 90’s, how is he so popular with kids who weren’t even close to being alive when he was at his peak? I am not one to suggest foul play, even with dUKe, but how is an unproven coach, who has no business being able to pull these kids, especially at a mid major like Memphis, getting guys who the big dogs don’t get? Before the idiots come foaming at the mouth with the stupid “Cal can’t recruit” crap, if he lands Hampton and this guy who left duke, that’s him stealing guys from your precious lord K, not Cal. This is weird and just does not seem right. Kids passing up duke, UK, KU and UNC to play in Memphis, in front of like 10,000 people with maybe 3 games on espn is….off a little bit.

    • terwilliger
      6:01 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

      News flash… kids today are dumb.

    • TonyMontana
      6:15 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

      He’s a former NBA player and a former AAU Coach who obviously builds strong connections with these kids..He probably knows many of them by coaching them and their peers throughout high school. And don’t forget Cal also recruited well at Memphis, so who cares if it’s a mid major. Landing James Wiseman which was already layed out for him just set all of this in motion. The scary part is gonna be when they go undefeated in the easy American Athletic Conference and pull in a similar class next year.

    • nocode96
      6:56 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

      I get that he’s got a name folks, and that he was big on AAU. There’s lots of big time guys coaching AAU that couldn’t do what he’s done so far at Memphis. AAU Ball is seedy and sketchy AF though. Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullen are two former NBA guys who had much more success and notoriety than Penny did, both went to bigger, traditionally FAR more powerful schools than Memphis and couldn’t pull down 2% of what Penny is doing. IF, and it’s a big IF, Memphis even makes the tournament next year with arguably one of the best recruiting classes of all time (assuming they get Gampton and this dude who left duke) playing in one of the weakest conferences, I will bet every single person on this site that’s willing to take it that they don’t make sweet 16, maybe not even the round of 32. Even coach Ketchup could take that class and make it to a sweet 16.

    • grammarpoliceUK
      6:19 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

      Was actually thinking they must have one helluva bagman at Memphis lol.

    • notFromhere
      6:30 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

      Same here

    • Wade
      6:31 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

      He had notoriety with aau ball

    • jimmer
      10:15 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

      Money talks. Just ask Will Wade and Sean Miller.

  3. notFromhere
    6:23 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    Sales pitch. Not much different than Cal’s except he played in the nba and Cal didnt. Since Penny is completely unproven as a coach, theres not much negative you can say unless youre talking about Memphis itself.

    He may suck as a coach, but he will do well in the meantime and keep getting recruits.

    Hampton is less likely to buy the hype

  4. peaches76
    6:24 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    AAU…’s corrupt, and only beneficial to the most elite players. Ruining the game for the other 99%

  5. deputy305
    6:26 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink


  6. deputy305
    6:28 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    Here’s an idea, UK can take Memphis coach again in few years —DOOR WATCH PART 2

    • Wade
      6:37 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink


    • sprtphan
      7:13 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

      I’ll bet in 2 years his accomplishments will be few to none.

  7. J. Did
    6:59 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    R.J. Hampton’s father is an honest man.

    Mantra: When we put our progeny – on the market – let us get the best deal. In the best interest of the son, the player.

    I am on board. Penny may be collecting something special.

    We shall see.

  8. notFromhere
    7:01 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    Collecting sure. Coaching?

  9. Jiminy Crickets
    7:12 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    Just because they “can” doesn’t mean they will

  10. chrislarkey
    7:16 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    I hope nothing but the worse for Memphis, hope they fail miserably and get in trouble and on probation

  11. BobbyBlue
    7:16 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    For years I wondered how Sean Miller got so many of the top guys after flaming out in the Dance, season after season. Just sayin !

  12. UKCatAttack
    7:23 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    Hampton May be ok playing with the ex-Duke kid but is the ex-Duke kid ok playing with Hampton? He already ran away from competition at Duke so I don’t see Jim running to competition at Memphis.

    • nocode96
      7:40 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

      Very good point I haven’t seen brought up.

    • BigJohnC
      8:23 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink


    • notFromhere
      1:30 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      Excellent point.

      Other recruiters probably pointed out the Duke transfer and fizzle rates, and how for decades K would make high-level players sit to try to keep them longer.

    • notFromhere
      1:31 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      Once Ellis saw K loading up at his position, he realized the other coaches were right

  13. UKinIN
    7:23 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    The Hamptons don’t have any interest in RJ being part of a team. They want RJ to be the playmaker on the team. He wouldn’t fit in at UK.

    • nocode96
      7:46 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

      Except they’ve gone on record as saying exactly the opposite of this. Could be them just trying to say the right things, idk. But none of us know Hampton, we certainly don’t know their family dynamic. All any of us lay people know is that the kid is good at basketball. We do t know motivating factors in the decision making process. It’s easy for all of us, myself included, to get angry and talk shlt about these kids, hell, some of our “fans” even talk shlt about kids who pick UK, we rarely think about the fact that it is just a kid, and his family, trying to make a hugely difficult decision that will affect the next 4 or more generations of that family. No one on this site has had a son capable of being a star for any team he so chooses. No one here has had a son in a scenario where he’s guaranteed to spend less than a year in college and then go be a millionaire immediately.

    • notFromhere
      1:32 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      Well said, nocode

  14. chrislarkey
    7:51 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    I wouldn’t trust Memphis coach Mike Miller to walk in my house, he looks shady and would probably rob you blind

  15. Memphis UK Cat
    7:55 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    Look Penny is for real and one heck of a guy. Us UK guys golf with him at the club. He now will have to coach but like the dude a lot. We shall see

  16. Jesus H. Chrysler
    8:08 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    World Wide Wes must be back in Memphis. Ain’t no sleep for Cash Money!

    • friendsofcoal
      12:43 am May 3, 2019 Permalink

      I sat in the third row in Jacksonville for the NCAA tourney this year and in row 1 in front of me was Mrs C, in row 2 behind her was none other than WWW.

  17. Bluebloodtoo
    8:27 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    He said the same exact thing about maxey at UK.

  18. sp
    9:15 pm May 2, 2019 Permalink

    Seems like an easy sales pitch to me: You want to come play with a cool young coach with already a couple of the best kids lined up in a very low pressure situation and beat the hell out of the American conference and play in front of a pent up fan base that’s ready to really get behind the team and be heros at Memphis. Or do you want to go to the pressure cooker that is UK and get harassed on social media by their insane internet trolls and play in front of blue haired fans that don’t even cheer. You will be drafted in the first round either way.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:28 am May 3, 2019 Permalink

      If you’re into just going with the flow and taking the easier path in life, Memphis is definitely the way to go. You will still be drafted in the first round, but the college experience may not have prepared you to keep working hard and getting better.

    • notFromhere
      1:36 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      The insane internet troll just called other people insane internet trolls….

      Let’s tone down the hypocrisy since its not an election year

  19. eyebleedblue
    10:04 am May 3, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry, but if this happens there is not way they’re not paying players. This is taken straight from Blue Chips.

  20. notFromhere
    1:41 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

    If someone wants to waste a year at Memphis, who cannsay anything to em? It’s their time. They can soend it however they want.

    If they want to get prepped for the nba in a spotlight environment where the coach has proven he can get players ready, the only choice is UK right now.

    The only real choice anyone is making when they are considering Memphis is this-

    Are you working hard to improve YOUR future, or are you giving up a year to improve PENNY’s future?