Earlier this week, RJ Hampton made his decision that he would forego his, likely, one year of college to play overseas basketball in the NBL for the New Zealand Breakers.
Well, he actually made his decision a month ago.
When Hampton made his decision on Get Up, he later said that he actually had made his choice to head to New Zealand a month ago, but just kept up his recruiting saga for show and to stir up some fanbases.
RJ Hampton signed his New Zealand contract a month ago but couldn’t tell anyone. So he let them guess pic.twitter.com/7pfrikWrfg— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 30, 2019
So, Hampton totally played both Memphis and Kansas, along with Bill Self and Penny Hardaway.
While the Kansas Jayhawks were seen as the leaders after Kentucky was cut, Hampton totally played up the idea that he was going to Memphis:
May 18, 2019
According to Jack Pilgrim of KSR, Kentucky was the favorite for Hampton and his family, but with both Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley coming back for another season, along with Tyrese Maxey coming in, the backcourt for the Wildcats was set in stone, thus causing him to cut the Wildcats from his list, even though he had no intentions of playing college ball.
Had one of those three not chosen to come to Kentucky, there is a good chance that Hampton might be putting on a Kentucky Wildcats jersey this coming season.
However, had Hampton stayed in his original 2020 class, there is not a doubt in my mind that he would have been a Wildcat for the following season.