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R.J. Hampton Reportedly Would Have Chosen Kansas If He Wasn't Turning Pro

RJ Hampton shoots the ball during a summer league game.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: RJ Hampton #5 of Team Ramsey heads for the net as Josh Christopher #3 of Team Stanley defends during the SLAM Summer Classic 2018 at Dyckman Park on August 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The basketball world was shaken up this morning when five-star guard R.J. Hampton announced he would be taking his talents overseas to play in New Zealand next year instead of playing college basketball.

Hampton isn't the first prospect to do this, but it is still a surprising move. He elected to start his professional career over playing one year of collegiate hoops at Kansas, Memphis or Texas Tech.

Out of those three schools, Kansas seemed to be in the best shape to land him. In fact, Hampton's 247Sports Crystal Ball heavily favored the Jayhawks leading up to his announcement.

According to ESPN's Jordan Schultz, KU would have been the pick if Hampton opted for college. Hampton's father confirmed this in an interview.

There's no sugarcoating that Kansas' 2019 recruiting class looks pedestrian by the Jayhawks' lofty standards. Right now, it ranks 31st in the country and sixth in the Big 12.

KU did sign four-star small forward Tristan Enaruna and top-150 prospects Christian Braun and Issac McBride, but there is no doubt that landing Hampton would have been a major boost.

Now, Bill Self and company must wait out a number of NBA decisions before their roster for 2019-20 begins to crystallize.