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Kansas Power Ranking Update After RJ Hampton's Shocking Decision

A general view of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball court.

LAWRENCE, KS - NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the game between the Iona Gaels and the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on November 19, 2013 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Kansas Jayhawks were dealt some unfortunate news this morning, when five-star recruit RJ Hampton announced that he'll play overseas instead of playing college basketball. It's a decision that has legitimately affected power rankings around the country, as well as one that could inspire other players to follow in his footsteps.

Earlier this year, Hampton reclassified so he could play next season and be eligible for the NBA Draft. 247Sports listed him as the No. 5 recruit in his class.

The top schools in pursuit of Hampton were Kansas, Memphis and Texas Tech, but he chose to sign with the New Zealand Breakers. His father, Rod Hampton, did reveal that Kansas was the top choice if he desired to compete in the NCAA.

CBS Sports projected Kansas to be a top-five team in the event that Hampton announced his commitment to the program, but has dropped to 12th in light of his shocking decision.

From the site's "Top 25 And 1" rankings:

The Jayhawks are losing three of the top six scorers from a team that only went 6-4 in its final 10 games last season. The lack of impactful recruits could prevent Kansas from being a real Final Four contender.

Kansas might receive a boost to its backcourt tomorrow, as Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes will announce whether or not they'll remain in the NBA Draft.

Bill Self could also add four-star forward Jalen Wilson, who announced that he'll re-open his recruiting due to the coaching change at Michigan.

The top returning players for the Jayhawks are Udoka Azubuike and Silvio De Sousa.

[CBS Sports]