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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Report: Hampton family waiting to see who stays in NBA Draft before making college decision

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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There is now actual evidence that Class of 2019 KU target R.J. Hampton is waiting for the NBA’s underclassman draft deadline to make his college decision.

That’s what Hampton’s father, Rod Hampton, told Adam Zagoria this week during an interview about the 5-star guard’s future.

“We will know a lot more after next week,” Hampton’s father told Zagoria on Thursday. “Need to see who stays in NBA.”

Underclassmen have until Wednesday to pull their names out of the 2019 draft pool, therein retaining their college eligibility for the 2019-20 season.

In another recent interview, Rod Hampton said he expected his son would announce his decision from finalists Kansas, Memphis and Texas Tech during the first week of June.

Asked earlier this week what he liked about KU on the Jason & John Show on 92.9 FM in Memphis, Rod Hampton made it clear that KU’s roster was one that his son would fit into nicely.

“They got veterans,” Rod Hampton said of Bill Self’s team. “They got Big Dok (senior Udoka Azubuike) at the 5, hopefully Silvio (De Sousa, a junior) gets cleared at the 4. If (point guard Devon Dotson) comes back, him and R.J. in the backcourt. And Quentin Grimes may come back, you never know. So they just got some experience, man. That’s the most intriguing thing about them.”

Going further, Rod Hampton said he could see his son playing for any of the three programs on his list of finalists and added that the return of Dotson, and potentially even Quentin Grimes, who joined Dotson and Dedric Lawson at the NBA's pre-draft combine in Chicago last week, would only make KU a more attractive option for the top remaining uncommitted player in the 2019 class.

“That’s a three-headed monster,” Rod Hampton said. “Grimes didn’t have the best year that he wanted to last year, but he can play. I saw some glimpses of him at the combine with the old Quentin Grimes I knew from high school, but this isn’t high school. So that would be a legitimate three-headed monster.”

Regardless of which program his son picks, Hampton said he and his wife planned to move there for the 2019-20 season — Lawrence, Lubbock, Texas or Memphis.

There has been some rumbling about professional opportunities overseas — most notably in Australia and China — being a sort of fourth option for the 6-foot-5 guard who is ranked No. 6 overall by Rivals.com.

Rod Hampton confirmed that during his recent radio interview.

“You’ve got to consider everything,” he said when asked if overseas was a real option. “It’s been brought up. People bring it up every day. And is it something that we looked into? Yeah, we’ve looked into it. You have to.”

Whatever Hampton’s final decision winds up being, his announcement will merely add to a wild and crazy start to his summer.

In addition to committing to the college of his choice, Hampton will travel next month to Colorado for the USA Basketball U19 trials, June 15-18. If he makes that team, he then would head to Greece for the FIBA U19 World Cup June 29-July 7. That squad will be coached by Kansas State coach Bruce Weber in the same even that KU coach Bill Self coached a team last summer.

Although Rod Hampton did not reveal the exact date of his son’s announcement, he did tell the Jason & John Show that they had a date in mind.

“And we’re not going to waver,” he added.

As for whether his family was ready for the chaos to be behind them, Rod Hampton said the whole ordeal, from reclassification to picking a school, has been a valuable part of the learning process and his son’s growth and maturation.

“This is what it’s all about,” he said. “This is a part of being who you want to be. You’ve got to deal with social media. You have to deal with questions. You have to deal with some things that you might not want to deal with, so let’s see how you handle it. This is great. This is great for him. I want to see how he handles it.”

Comments

Ryan Zimmerman 5 months ago

So, I like what his dad says about him and Dotson in the backcourt... but is he really going to come here if Dotson is back as PG? I can't see them both playing PG and getting valuable minutes

Matt Tait 5 months ago

I don’t think there’s any question it would work. Mason & Graham did fine together. So did RussRob & Chalmers (and Sherron)... Hampton would get his and set up others. Dotson could focus on the same while developing into a pure PG...

Gerry Butler 5 months ago

RJ has stated , that he doesn't have to have the ball in his hands at all times. I think he is fully aware of the chances of Devon coming back , he has stated he just wanted to be surrounded around other really good players. I really think Devon is going to run the point - - -RJ will slide into the 2 spot and the fit will be awesome. - -With him and Devon in the back court will be like having 2 PG'S on the floor at the same time. - -Then when Devon needs a blow - -RJ will slide right over and play the point and Oachi can slide in to the 2 spot while he is playing point - or Marcus can run some point while Devon gets his break. - -It's not that big of thing

Marius Rowlanski 5 months ago

I think far too many people are still thinking that these players are fit into nice little slots.

SFs, PGs, the 2 guard, and even centers, are capable of playing several positions. I think the move toward positionless basketball is the future.

Jay Scott 5 months ago

Dok and Mac are centers. It's hard to see either of the being effective away from the basket.

Marius Rowlanski 4 months, 4 weeks ago

100% agreement but who would you take in the draft? The all-time prototypical center or a stretch 4 capable of being used to bring the ball up the court and hit the open three?

I know you've heard the saying that "you can't coach 7 feet". But these days the game has moved on to more athletic players capable of playing different positions and much better shooting.

Rick Golden 5 months ago

Sounds like to me it will come down to the Grimes decision more then the Dotson

Dale Rogers 5 months ago

It kind of sounds like, according to the article, that if both Dotson and Grimes return, they see that as a positive. "If (point guard Devon Dotson) comes back, him and R.J. in the backcourt. And Quentin Grimes may come back, you never know. So they just got some experience, man. That’s the most intriguing thing about them.”

Marius Rowlanski 5 months ago

Grimes isn't coming back regardless of where he ends up in the draft. He told Coach Self that he declared for the draft and he wasn't planning on returning.

Too bad for him if there isn't a position at Kansas. If we have to wait for EVERY player (except seniors) eligible to go through the draft process and all decide to return, what happens to your recruiting class?

Does Kansas need to hold Grimes' position open until Grimes or whoever makes their final decision?

John Strayer 5 months ago

It's not necessarily up to Coach Self...if there is any doubt on Grime's return...the recruits will most likely look for more settled rosters elsewhere on their own.

Marius Rowlanski 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the information. Maybe it should be up to Coach Self on who he brings back. I personally would be ecstatic if Grimes came back. I still believe that this kid is a future NBA player. He's not Joel Embiid - yet-he's shown high-level basketball acumen and just needs to put it together with whatever makes him confident.

Tony Bandle 5 months ago

The unspoken point that Rod is making regarding KU is that with Dotson and Grimes, R.J. would still start and be able to showcase his talent yet not bear the burden of being the focus of running the offense.

In one sense, it's a win win for R.J......massive exposure with minimum pressure. In my very humble opinion, however, if Quentin does not return, it may actually help not hurt our chances to land R.J.

His decision is still in question but having a clap of thunder [Dok] and a bolt of lightning [Dotson] on the court with you at the same time while a HOF Coach has your back sure can't hurt!!!

Jim Stauffer 5 months ago

Grimes would likely transfer if he did return to college. A return would indicate he is changing his plans and will use his next year in college to prepare for the draft instead of assuming he would be drafted because of High School performance. I think KU is better off without Grimes. The chemistry just will not be there.

RJ King 5 months ago

I cannot see Grimes sitting out a year. Anywhere. (Unless you count the G league as sitting out.)

Robert Brock 5 months ago

Jerrance Howard - Snacks - needs to watch the Alec Baldwin segment of “Glengarry Glen Ross” again and again.

Always Be Closing

David McNickle 5 months ago

So it all comes down to whether Grimes comes back, correct? If Memphis and Tech are the other two schools in the running, who might they lose to the draft? I guess Tucker @ Memphis might stay in the draft leaving Hampton a spot?

Jay Scott 5 months ago

Where do people come up with all the certainty that Grimes won't or can't return? I don't see anything in the media that supports that. Why would he transfer? HCBS showed faith in him to the end. Why sit out a season instead of play on a team that is starting to look solid.

Can someone point to where this notion stems from?

David McNickle 5 months ago

My thinking also. Hampton's camp must think there's a decent chance Grimes comes back. That or Hampton really wants to go to Memphis but needs Tucker to stay in the draft. Grimes coming back or Hampton coming in would be awesome. My only worry is Grimes staying in the draft and Hampton ending up at Tech or Memphis. I think people are discounting Grimes having a full year under Self.

Robin Smith 5 months ago

It's a big risk to Grimes to stay in the draft. At this point, unless there's a team that has told his camp privately that they love him, believe in him, will draft him, and will develop him, he should absolutely return.

Thomas Green 4 months, 4 weeks ago

What RJ’s father was quoted as saying doesn’t make sense to me personally. I chalk it up to him being kind with his comments to KU and the players involved. That said, I’m hoping Grimes does not return, although I believe that is not likely. From my cheap seats, he really doesn’t have a choice but to return. Additionally, RJ has now announced a decision forthcoming on May 28. Maybe he has inside info, but that again doesn’t make sense to me? One thing for certain, we’ll know shortly!

Marius Rowlanski 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Too much has been said already. Grimes left Self with the understanding that Grimes was not going to return. How long is Self obligated to hold a scholarship for Grimes?

Expected a lot more maturity with Grimes. Maybe it's his confidence level that's bringing down the rest of his game.

Bob Zielinski 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Grimes is not the 3rd head of any three headed monster. Agbaji is the third head and is a much better player to fulfill that role. Grimes coming back or staying in the draft should have no impact on his decision to join the Jayhawks.

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