Hampton has now officially cut his list down to four schools and Kentucky made the list.
“Well, I’m officially down to four; in no order I’m down to Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis”
Duke was the perceived favorite to land Hampton for some time, but they appear to be falling behind Kentucky and even Memphis now (the Tigers just picked up a crystal ball prediction from Andrew Slater).
Hampton did acknowledge the players first mentality that Coach Cal has built.
“What I like about Kentucky is that Coach (John) Calipari is really focused on putting players in position to be successful and reach their dreams and goals and that’s how he’s able to win”
It is believed that Hampton could join the many that have taken the reclassified road in recent years and move to the 2019 class.
“I’m considering reclassifying to 2019 at this point”.
Hampton is a point guard, which has people questioning his interest in Kentucky since Tyrese Maxey is already headed to Lexington next season. In addition, the potential of a sophomore Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley have the point guard spot stacked.
However, Hampton said that he has no issues with sliding into another role and playing off the ball.
“A lot of people think I just want to run the point and that’s it, and I do want to do that too, but if the coach needs me to play off the ball sometimes and guard the two or the three at times I’m fine with that too. I actually think playing with another elite point guard is a more attractive option because either one of us can bring it down and I can do what I do best and score the ball”
Hampton then mentioned he may visit schools and talk with the coaches but that isn’t confirmed yet and that his final decision on reclassifying will be made “in the next couple of months”.
If Kentucky can find a way to land Hampton for the 2019 class, then the Cats would have an extremely scary backcourt that would give opponent issues throughout the season.
Hopefully coach Cal and his staff can get Hampton in Lexington.