Although R.J. Hampton chose to play overseas instead of going to Kansas, he’s somewhat responsible for helping the program land its latest commit. On Sunday, the Jayhawks received a verbal commitment from 2022 recruit Tre White.
Hampton will play in Australia this upcoming season, but he did reveal that Kansas was second on his list. It’s an unfortunate blow for the Jayhawks, however, the program has bounced back nicely.
Due to Kansas’ scouting of Hampton at Little Elm High, the coaching staff also got a look at White. He isn’t as developed as Hampton yet, but clearly the Jayhawks were impressed.
It’s too soon to tell when White will receive his official class ranking, as a 2022 player. Nonetheless, the early indication is that he’ll be a five-star recruit.
Luckily for Kansas, it’s pursuit of Hampton played a major role in landing an early commitment from White.
Sometimes, that alone is enough for a blue blood program to offer a player. But as the KU coaches watched Hampton play on what seemed to be a weekly basis during the past several months, White’s game kept jumping out, too.
As a high school freshman, playing against some of the toughest competition on the summer circuit and at Little Elm High, White’s ability to score, defend, play and guard multiple positions while holding his own against older players left the KU coaches intrigued.
Judging by Bill Self’s standards, he enters the 2019-20 season with an underwhelming recruiting class. That won’t be the case for his 2022 class, which already features a commitment from White.