Five-star guard RJ Hampton officially reclassified to the 2019 class today. That isn’t a surprising move.
Hampton is viewed as an elite one-and-done prospect. He will likely be a contender for the lottery in the 2020 NBA Draft.
That is exactly the reason he’s made this move. In an interview with 247Sports, his father said that the family discussed his future, and he said that he “didn’t have anything left for high school.”
That leaves a year of college before a jump to the pros, and we now know exactly which four schools will vie for his services.
RJ Hampton has a new top four with this reclassification: Kansas, Kentucky, and Memphis remain, and Texas Tech replaces Duke.
The Red Raiders are a surging program, with a national title appearance and a big new deal for Chris Beard.
The Texas Tech coach has been very aggressive in Hampton’s recruitment, and it has paid off. From 247:
“It’s going to be Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis and we took off Duke and added Texas Tech,” the elder Hampton told 247Sports.
Seeing a school like Texas Tech replace Duke for a major five-star is jarring, but don’t cry for the Blue Devils. The school just finalized what is probably insurmountable as the No. 1 class in 2019 with a pair of huge recent commitments.