Five-star target R.J. Hampton eyeing return visit to Kansas; may join good friend Jalen Wilson later this month


Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

There has been plenty of chatter in the past several days about the possibility of top-tier Class of 2019 prospects R.J. Hampton and Jalen Wilson teaming up in Lawrence for the 2019-20 college basketball season.

But there’s a chance the two could be on KU’s campus together even sooner than that.

According to a Monday report from 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, Hampton, the No. 5-ranked player in the 2019 class per, is considering joining Wilson on his upcoming visit to KU, which is slated for May 30-June 1.

“I’m thinking that he may visit Kansas with Jalen,” Hampton’s father, Rod Hampton, told 247 Sports.

Hampton made an official visit to KU during the 2018-19 season in December and also visited Memphis last September. Those two, along with new contender Texas Tech, make up Hampton’s list of finalists, with Kentucky having been recently eliminated.

“We don’t need to visit to Kansas or Memphis,” Rod Hampton told Daniels. “But the next couple of days he’s going to decide where Texas Tech stands. If he’s serious about that then we’ll go visit.”

KU is the only school on the list of finalists for both Hampton and Wilson, and that fact has fueled speculation that the two could be coming to Lawrence permanently.

“Kansas, that’d be a great pick,” Wilson said during a live Instagram interview with Tipton Edits on Sunday night. “Everyone’s already assuming that we’re going to play together. I haven’t played with him in a long time, so if that happens, Lawrence better be ready. That’d be pretty lit.”

Wilson called Hampton, “just a great guy, great player,” and said the two Texans had been friends since first grade.

“That’s my guy,” Wilson said. “That’s my right-hand man. We’ve been playing together for a long time. … I see him like probably every single other day, especially now that it’s summer.”

While both players have some visits and decisions to sort out, it appears that a couple of key announcements could be coming in the next couple of weeks.

Sources have told the Journal-World that a June 1 decision date could be in the plans for Hampton, and his father told Daniels on Monday that his son planned to reveal his choice “the first week of June.”

Hampton, himself, has been hinting at a decision to come in his Twitter bio, which now reads, “your question will be answered soon, I got the date finally.”

While landing either player — Wilson is a 4-star prospect ranked No. 47 overall by Rivals and Hampton is a 5-star prize — would significantly bolster KU’s 2019 recruiting class, the idea of getting both of them to join the Jayhawks for next season is enough to move KU’s class, which currently ranks No. 31, into the Top 10.

According to the 247 Sports class calculator, adding both players would bring KU’s 2019 score from 55.96 to 67.49 and would move KU ahead of North Carolina into the No. 8 spot in the 2019 team rankings.

Just adding Hampton would move KU from 31st to 13th with a new score of 64.77.

Kansas currently has three signees in the 2019 class. Four-star guards Christian Braun (Blue Valley Northwest) and Issac McBridge (Baptist Prep in Little Rock, Ark.) signed in November, and four-star forward Tristan Enaruna, who currently is KU’s highest-ranked 2019 signee, committed to KU and signed his letter of intent earlier this month.

Enaruna is ranked No. 44, per Rivals, while Braun cracked the Top 100 at No. 90 and McBride landed at No. 103.


Freddie Garza 3 years, 6 months ago

What I've learned over the years is that there are A LOT of kids who are ranked from say 50 to 150 who simply haven't physically developed yet the way most of the top 20 kids have...but WILL hit growth spurts, add muscle mass, etc after a few years of college.

There are a lot of kids who, from a SKILL standpoint, are every bit as skilled as some of the top rated guys, but just don't have the body to go with it yet. There are some kids who will one day be solid NBA players, that are currently ranked outside the top 50.

It's pretty maddening to miss out on so many of the top players in a class for sure, but there are still some really good players out there i.e. Frank Mason.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 6 months ago

Great news--both seem like good fits and Wilson sounds like here will be here at least two years.

Hoping we get good news from Dotson and Grimes as well. Dotson is more important but i think Grimes will be an interesting player if he comes back. Reminds me a lot of Henry and similarly i think both could use a second year to refine their fundamentals. I get the rush but typically, with most things, it is advantageous to build a solid base that can last opposed to hastily forcing something and being impatient. I think if Henry would have stayed and developed some he may have stayed around the NBA longer.

anyone know when the NBA may alter the one year post HS/19 rule? Will be interesting to see what happens the following draft and players staying longer in college to wait out a draft rush.

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

IMO, id rather have Dotson that Grimes..this KU might not have too many options at PG if Dotson stays in the understanding is Hampton can play PG, but there is something to be said about experience and Dotson would have that.....I dont think abolishing the age rule is gonna stop the OAD like people think..sure it'll get the Zions out of college, but these kids are looking to cash out ASAP..if 3 star player can play himself into the 1st round as a freshmen, they will bolt after 1 season just like any 5 star kid would..the issue is cultural..there was no age limit before 2004 and most HS stars still went to college for multiple seasons..but nowadays, they will leave before they are ready

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

1998 NBA draft 7 of first 10 picks underclassmen

1999 NBA draft 7 of first 10 picks underclassmen

2000 NBA draft 9 of first 11 picks underclassmen

2001 NBA draft 1 of first 17 picks is college senior

2002 NBA draft no seniors till pick 12

2003 NBA draft 1 Senior in first 10 picks

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

You are aware the NBA held drafts before 1998 right?

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

You said 2004. I used the six immediately preceding that. All disprove your statement. That is 20 years ago. Were you referring to the 50's and 60's when freshmen couldn't play?

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

Nothing you said disproved my statement. Go back and look at all those draft classes and you'll see they are made up of kids who stayed more than 1 year in college...and no, picking a random 5 year period doesn't build your case..and lastly, look at the number of kids who made the jump from HS..there's very few..meaning most of the best HS players still went to college and most stayed more than 1 accomplished nothing with your "points"

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

More kids stayed in college than entered the draft? No way? There are about 4000 kids playing D1 hoops. Less than half of them entered the draft in any given year? Wow!!! That was your point?

Were you hoping to astonish readers with this shocking revelation?

The stupidity that you can come up with is endless.....

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago set the standard for stupidity and idiotic comments.. There is no way I could reach the high bar of ignorance you have set...and btw, you really need better reading comprehension...your mom dropped you on your head as a baby a few times didn't she entire original point just went completely over your poor thing , we all see how hard you are trying but alas, common sense and rational thought elude you lol

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

A whole day of contemplation and that's the most intelligent counterpoint you could muster? It's so easy to make you look stupid that it almost isn't fun.

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

You have no valid points to counteract mine....why do I need to say more.. And excuse me for getting occupied with having a life..I realize you have a lot of your confidence tied onto this social media banter so it's important for you to receive immediate responses...

Sam Meyer 3 years, 6 months ago

Can someone please explain if Grimes is even eligible to return? I thought he signed with an agent who wasn't approved by the NCAA which made him permanently ineligible. I thought you are only allowed to come back if your signed agent has been previously approved by the NCAA.

Dillon Davis 3 years, 6 months ago

Kind of conflicting for Rod to say we might visit Kansas with Wilson and then say "We don't need to visit Kansas or Memphis." But if we can get both of these two on campus for a visit, they'll commit shortly after I'd bet.

Frank Dunn 3 years, 6 months ago

I read that to mean that if Hampton is serious about Texas Tech being in the mix, then they (Hampton & father) would visit Kansas and Memphis (and, presumably, TT) before finalizing the choice. But if TT doesn’t stay in the mix, they have enough info to compare & contrast KU and Memphis and make a final decision.

Eliott Reeder 3 years, 6 months ago

I read it as they don't NEED to visit Kansas, because they've already been here, are familiar with staff, facilities, etc. but that they might visit again just to accompany good friend Jalen.

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 6 months ago

another report had north carolina pursuing wilson but to get wilson and hampton wont happen unless a current play gives up their roster spot aka free ride . so if they want to play together kansas is a better option .also if hampton takes a look at memphis' recruiting class its not a whole lot of playing time to go around .

if we get both our fortune may change .

Mike Bennett 3 years, 6 months ago

Do we have enough scholarships available if Dotson and Grimes come back and DeSousa's eligibility penalty is cut to one year? I think they are just waiting until after May 29 to see who comes back.

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

Great question. 13 Scholarships is max.

Here are the "for sures" - Garrett, Agbaji, Dok, McCormack, Lightfoot, Braun, McBride, Enaruna. That's eight.

Most "experts" expect Dotson back. That's nine.

Adding DeSousa, Grimes Hampton and Wilson is 13.

If Dotson, Grimes and DeSousa return playing time is a bigger issue than scholarships.

Andy Godwin 3 years, 6 months ago

I will wait to get excited once they sign with KU. Otherwise, one just get set up for disappointment. However, if Self loses out to Beard and Texas Tech for another recruit, it could signal the changing of the guard in the Big 12. KU has primarily dominated the Big 12 because of better players. Yes, Self is a Hall of Fame coach, but part of coaching is recruiting better talent and winning. Just ask Bob Huggins who likes to say when KU gets into foul trouble or has an injury they just bring in another McDonald's All American off the bench. Matt a little research, please. Since the arrival of Bill Self at KU how many top 50 ranked players and McDonalds All-Americans has KU recruited compared to the rest of the Big 12? Texas might be the closest contender. Chris Beard has shown himself to be an outstanding coach and when you match that with top talent, Self and KU might find a new rival in the Big 12.

Bee Bee 3 years, 6 months ago

Having to compete with TECH for recruits is not getting it done.

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

Most draft experts expect Dotson to return to Kansas.

If he doesn't let's not forget KU signed a PG in 2017...

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 6 months ago

Thats a funny post Jay ......if Marcus Garrett is point guard we are in trouble ...he cant dribble...... cant shoot .......cant make freethrows ......Jay knowing your sarcasm it was funny

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

Can't dribble? Who ran the point last year when Dotson was off the floor? Who had the fewest TO's of the regulars?

Garrett was Texas HS player of the year as a PG and went head to head with Trae Young, beating his team.

Garrett is a super legit option at PG. No sarcasm. Nice try.

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

Can and did Garrett play PG last season..yes ..was he effective, absolutely not..the offensive stagnated when he ran the PG spot. .his lack of TO is misleading, he didn't have the ball in his hands nearly as much as anyone else since he wasn't a reliable offensive threat and he wasn't asked to make plays....if KU is forced to play Garrett at PG, they will be in trouble..good PG are play makers, Garrett is not..least not offensively

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

Please substantiate "the offensive stagnated when he ran the PG spot." What data would you use to support that? Dotson sat so only a couple minutes per game. The point is that Garrett was HCBS choice to run the team. He wasn't asked to make plays? What does that actually mean?

Sorry Craig. Your opinion on it's own means nothing. You're still sure that recruits should have been signed during the season when no scholarships were available.

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

The ONLY reason Garrett played PG when Dotson sat was because Moore wasn't as good as he should have been..HE, not Garrett, was suppose to be the back up PG...all you had to do was watch the games and it was obvious the offense was stagnant with Garrett at the point..don't need some analytical chart to decipher that...the entire offense was ineffective when Lawson or Dotson sat...

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

Again...more random nonsense and baseless opinion.... What does Lawson have to do with PG play? Is he a PG in your mind?

Did you talk to HCBS to see who was expected to backup at PG? Was it Lawson?

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

The PG is who initiates the offense and calls the plays...if the PG isn't setting up he offense effectively enough or isn't getting teammates involved , then the offense stagnates...its quit simple if you use your brain....

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

"..its quit simple if you use your brain...."

The only thing easier than making you look stupid is letting you do it on your own.

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

Using ones brain isn't something you appear to do very well...guess you should be glad you can even tie your shoes....oh well, we all can't be special enough to ride the short bus like you...

Gerry Butler 3 years, 6 months ago

Not really sure what your talking about Marcus can't dribble? - -you been hittin the funny juice again? - -Marcuse has no problem handling the ball what so ever, - maybe you need to go back and watch the games

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 6 months ago

hey jay Im not trying to pick a fight with you .......but garrett isnt an offensive threat .....the game has changed point guards tend to shoot more than they used to. If you remember teams welcomed Garrett to shoot when he handled the ball because he was a poor shooter . His team did beat Trae Young .......Trae was so damaged by the experience of losing to Garrett he was forced to go pro. lol ....As far as Garrett being Texas HS player of the year ....Grimes was ranked as one of the best players in Texas so rankings you have to take with a grain of salt .

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

Garrett needs to become an effective outside shooter. No disagreement there. I'd rather have to see progress in that than all the rest of the game, which he excels at. A slight improvement there and he's a solid PG.

Michael Terry 3 years, 6 months ago

Not sure if Jalen Wilson will be coming to KU if Juwan Howard is hired as Michigan's next head coach, which seems more and more likely. Seeing that Jalen Wilson is named after Jalen Rose, I think he might be swayed to come back to Michigan. Just a thought.

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

Very valid point...Howard would definitely have the same or at least similar appeal that Penny is having at Memphis

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 6 months ago

you know jay laying out that potential roster if it plays out that way ......that isnt a bad roster . Self will obviously shorten his bench so who would be the odd men out ....

Jay Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

IMHO...IF Grimes, DeSousa and Dotson return, nobody else of consequence signs.

At that point, Dotson, Garrett, Grimes and Baj get the most back court minutes. Desousa, Mitch, Mac and Dok in the front court. Braun and Enu fight for the few minutes backing up the 3.

IF Dotson stays in the draft, all bets are off. DeSousa's ruling doesn't impact other recruits as much as Grimes and Dotson decisions.

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