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UK extends another 2020 offer

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Another day and that means Kentucky has extended another offer in the class of 2020. On Tuesday UK extended an offer to R.J. Hampton, one of the Cats top priorities in the class. Kentucky has visited Hampton a couple times and the 6-foot-4, 170-pound comb-guard from Little Elm, Texas will return the favor next week when he checks out Big Blue Madness.

He becomes the seventh player in the class of 2020 to land an offer from UK, joining these talented five-star players:

Scottie Barnes

N’Faly Dante

Jalen Green

Jalen Johnson

Jeremy Roach

Sharife Cooper

With the exception of Barnes and Dante, all the other 2020 players have been offered during this recruiting cycle. Although it seems like Calipari is handing out offers all willy-nilly, he’s actually just slightly above average for the timing/quantity of offers. This time last year he had extended six offers in the class of 2019 and more were soon to come in the winter months.

It appears UK is anticipating losing a good chunk of its 201-2020 backcourt because Hampton becomes the fourth guard to land an offer, and while Hampton is a combo-guard he’s perfectly capable of running point at the college level. He’s the third point guard to land an offer, along with Jeremy Roach and Sharife Cooper, who just visited.

UK also extended an offer to the No. 1 shooting guard in the class, Jalen Green, last night.

Duke has always been mentioned with Hampton but don’t sleep on Memphis. Hampton is Penny’s prized recruit in 2020 and the Tigers will be pulling out all the stops, but UK and Kansas need to also be mentioned as potential leaders. If Hampton sounds familiar it’s because last month he announced he would not be reclassifying to the class of 2019, which was something rumored surrounding his recruitment for months. He mentioned that Tyrese Maxey was pushing him to reclassify and join him at UK for the 2019-2020 season. That obviously won’t be happening, but the Cats hope Hampton is the next great Texan to lead UK’s team following Maxey’s likely one season at Kentucky in 2019-2020.

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Article written by TJ Walker

8 Comments for UK extends another 2020 offer



  1. Kat4Life
    3:04 pm October 2, 2018 Permalink

    Unfortunately we are going to be seeing Penny Hardaway’s name on a lot of our recruits. With Mike Miller he has a very credible NBA story to tell, and the top 50 players are listening. He has made an impact in a very short period of time, and God forbid he has success in his first year, he will be a real pain in the ass. It’s a foregone conclusion that he will end up with James Wiseman and probably at least one or two of our other targeted recruits. I’m going to grow to dislike this guy a lot over the next few years I’m afraid.



    • michaelb
      3:15 pm October 2, 2018 Permalink

      It’s not gonna work out that well for mem. It’s a nice idea in theory but he’s not gonna be a great coach starting out . He may get better but it’s nothing we should be jealous about .



    • FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
      6:40 pm October 2, 2018 Permalink

      He is already a major thorn in the Cats side on the recruiting trail. Penny sat in the home visit the Kentucky staff had with Wiseman last fall and is likely already stealing ideas and negatively recruiting Kentucky targets with that knowledge. All in all Kentucky will be fine, Penny was a middle school coach 4 years ago before he was at Memphis East. He hasn’t even been a good coach with six players in the top 50 against nationally ranked teams that have two maybe three top players and when he was coaching Team Penny they didn’t do much either.



  2. binarysolo
    3:16 pm October 2, 2018 Permalink

    “…and the 6-foot-4, 170-pound comb-guard”

    “…losing a good chunk of its 201-2020 backcourt”

    KSR should just hire me to proofread this stuff.



  3. friendsofcoal
    3:34 pm October 2, 2018 Permalink

    If Penny is any good as a coach then he’ll take Cals place here one day.



  4. Catcasey1
    3:48 pm October 2, 2018 Permalink

    Penny will never coach at UK