Back on April 9, 2020 five-star combo guard RJ Hampton made headlines after writing in a blog post on USA Today that he was not only strongly considering making a jump to the class of 2019, but that he also wanted to play with another elite point guard.
“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.”
Hampton, who is down to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, and Memphis, specifically mentioned Blue Devil guard Tre Jones and Devon Dotson of the Jayhawks as two examples of individuals he’d like to play with. Nonetheless, he added that all four finalists on his list have “really strong” guards on their respective rosters that he’d enjoy playing with.
One elite point guard trying to convince Hampton that he’s the best potential backcourt teammate to pair with in college? Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey.
In an interview with KSR this weekend at the Jordan Brand Classic, Maxey said that he is in consistent contact with Hampton about joining Kentucky’s class of 2019.
“I talk to RJ (Hampton) dang-near every week,” he said. “We live in the same area. Like I tell him all the time, he is absolutely welcome to join us. I would love to play with RJ.”
Part of the intrigue for Maxey is that after growing up and playing basketball his whole life in Texas, he’s never been able to team up with Hampton, a fellow Texan.
In his eyes, it’s time to finally make it happen at the college level.
“I’ve been playing against RJ since I was yea high, but I’ve never actually been able to play with him,” he said. “He’s one of the only players in the (Dallas Fort-Worth) area that I’ve never gotten to play with, so I’d love to finally be able to play with him on the big stage like that. I think we would do really well together.”
Back in November, Hampton told PrepCircuit.com that Maxey was “(his) guy” and that he was “one of the most dynamic players in the country.”
“Tyrese is my guy, I’ve been playing (against) him since 1st grade,” he said. “One of the most dynamic players in the country. A pure scorer that can get anywhere on the floor”
Hampton, a 6-foot-4 combo guard out of Little Elm, TX, is considered the No. 6 overall prospect and the top combo guard in the class of 2020, per 247 Sports.
As of right now, Memphis has received 44% of his Crystal Ball predictions, followed by Duke with 33% and Kansas with 22%. Since April 7, the Tigers have received three consecutive picks, most notably from recruiting insider Andrew Slater.
Here was just one of the battles between Hampton and Maxey in high school, where Hampton finished with 33 points and the Kentucky signee finished with 21: