Following the news that RJ Hampton would be entering the Class of 2019 player pool, teams started scrambling to get his commitment. With Hampton having said that his decision will come soon, it appears that one team has become a front-runner.
According to basketball analyst Corey Evans of Rivals, Kentucky has “picked up some ground in recent weeks” as a destination for Hampton. The five-star forward from Little Elm, Texas has narrowed his list down to Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis, and Texas Tech.
However, Evans added that he believes Hampton will ultimately join Bill Self’s team and pick the Kansas Jayhawks.
Kansas, Kentucky or Memphis will ultimately land his commitment, and while many believed that it was down to KU or Memphis, Kentucky has picked up some ground in recent weeks. I still believe that Kansas will be where Hampton plays his lone year of college, as the numbers in the backcourt hurt UK some, but the Wildcats’ recent pitch and the platform that they can provide has piqued Hampton’s interest. Memphis remains in the picture, but Kansas is the leader for now.
Evans’ prediction matches that of his 247 colleague Evan Daniels, who had similar things to say about Hampton and Kansas.
247Sports rates Hampton as the No. 5 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 2 combo guard in the country and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Texas.
As Evans indicated, Kansas appears to have the edge in Hampton’s recruiting. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions give the Jayhawks the best odds with a 62-percent chance of getting his commitment.
Landing Hampton would be an absolutely massive get for Kansas.
As of writing, the Jayhawks’ Class of 2019 doesn’t even rank in the top half of their own conference, per 247Sports. But no other Big 12 team has a five-star recruit committed yet. Should Hampton join, those rankings would certainly change tremendously.
Hampton’s decision is expected to come by the end of May.