Top basketball recruit says he will not reclassify

 Posted by at 11:07 AM on August 31, 2018
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RJ Hampton

Five-star guard RJ Hampton announced on social media Friday that he intends to stay in the class of 2020, following months of speculation that he would move to the 2019 class in an attempt to play college basketball next season.

Hampton — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Little Elm, Texas — was one of the top stars on the Under Armour circuit this past summer and is considered to be the No. 4 overall recruit in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

He has scholarship offers from Duke and Memphis — two teams often mentioned as possible landing spots — as well as Kansas, Florida, UCLA, Texas and several other top programs.

Kentucky has also showed serious interest in his recruitment, and he would have been another backcourt option for the Wildcats had he made the move to the 2019 class. UK already has commitments from five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey and highly touted wings Dontaie Allen and Kahlil Whitney in that class, but the Cats might still be looking to add at least one more backcourt player to that group.

247Sports analyst Evan Daniels also reported Friday that Hampton will be at UK in October for an official visit to Big Blue Madness. Allen and five-star power forward Vernon Carey are also confirmed for official visits on that weekend, with more likely to join them.

Hampton, who turns 18 years old in February, averaged 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game as a high school sophomore last season. There is no universal timeline for players who want to reclassify, so it’s still possible Hampton could change his mind and end up in the 2019 class, though he said in his USA Today blog Friday morning that the decision is made.

“Ultimately, what led me to my decision was just wanting to stay with my friends and not rushing my process. I’ve had two great years of high school and I want to finish out strong over the next two years,” Hampton wrote. “I definitely wanted to go ahead and get this information out to help the schools that are recruiting me because they’ve been waiting to get my decision on everything.”


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