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Report: Class of 2020 guard R.J. Hampton no longer coming to Late Night

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Cross one top-tier prospect off the Late Night visitor’s list for the Kansas men’s basketball program.

According to a Wednesday article from Adam Zagoria, of ZagsBlog.com, Class of 2020 combo guard R.J. Hampton will not be visiting Late Night after all.

Hampton, who currently is ranked No. 5 overall in the Class of 2020 by Rivals.com, welcomed KU coach Bill Self and Kansas assistant Jerrance Howard to Little Elm, Texas, earlier this week for what, at the time, appeared to be the appetizer to Friday’s Late Night main course.

Hampton Tweeted out a photo that included him standing next to Self and added the hashtag #RockChalk in the Tweet.

It’s not yet known exactly what inspired the change of heart, but it’s worth noting that Hampton was planning to visit Late Night on an unofficial visit and that his father, Rod Hampton, who told Zagoria about the change of plans, still seems impressed by what Kansas has to offer.

“[Self] said that R.J. has really earned the right to be recruited by the best of the best programs,” Mr. Hampton told Zagoria of KU's message during the recent visit. “All of them are great programs but he has to find the best fit that’s going to let him be R.J. … At Kansas they can check a lot of the boxes he needs to be successful.”

Outside of his itinerary change, Hampton’s biggest news of late came when he recently decided he would not reclassify into the 2019 class and instead would stay in the 2020 class and play out his junior and senior seasons of high school.

That still could change, of course, and No. 2 overall prospect in the 2019 class, James Wiseman, who recently took a visit to Memphis with Hampton, is among those still trying to entice Hampton to reclassify.

As for where his recruitment goes from here, it appears as if KU is still very much in the race and it’s not worth reading too much into Hampton not coming to Late Night. There's still plenty of time to get Hampton on campus and KU’s coaching staff at Late Night will have its hands full with a few key official visitors, anyway, including Wiseman and fellow-Top 10 2019 prospect Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.

According to the latest update from ZagsBlog, Hampton is slated to attend the USA Basketball minicamp in Colorado Springs, Oct. 5-7, and then will head to Kentucky for the Wildcats’ Big Blue Madness on Oct. 12.

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