R.J. Hampton is one of the special talents that does not come around often.  The Dallas area star had a chance to go and play at Montverde Academy, but decided to stay home and build his case for not only being the top prospect in the state of Texas, but rather the top prospect in the country.  He was able to start as a freshman at Little Elm High School in Dallas, and while doing so averaged 23 pts, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.  

His advanced skill set, coupled with his desire to be the best is what makes him special and he is only scratching the service in terms of long term potential.  Standing at 6’4, Hampton is most deadly with the basketball in his hands.  His ball handling skills are so far advanced that it is virtually impossible to rattle him with pressure.  He can put it on the floor with either hand and he has the height to rise over smaller guards with his pull up jumper.  He is very crafty around the basket, and can finish in multiple areas on the floor.  His best attribute is his ability to score the basketball.  A lightning quick first step makes it effortless to blow past defenders and when he gets in the lane he knows what plays to make.  He has put in work improving his range and now is developing the ability to show consistency from beyond the arc.  

Not only dominant on the offense end, Hampton can shut down opponents defensively as well.  He averaged over 3 steals a game last year and many of those came from his high-level basketball IQ and his ability to anticipate plays before they happen.  He is excellent in the passing lanes and has quick hands that cause deflections which result in easy steals and transition buckets.   His all-around play earned him a spot on the USA Men’s 16u squad where they won the gold medal in Argentina this past summer.  That exposure has made him a top priority for some of the biggest college programs in the country.  

It has a been very busy for Hampton since the travel period with the likes of Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Cal, and LSU all extending offers to him to play at the next level.  Recently Houston, Mississippi St, Oklahoma St, UCLA, and SMU have joined the fold.  Duke is the latest school to show some heavy interest and with Hampton only getting better by the day, most of the national powerhouses will be in a tug of war to land who could very well be the top player in 2020 when it is all said and done (i.e. #4 in the most recent NY2LASPORTS.COM Class of 2020 Player Rankings).  

Last travel season Hampton played with Basketball University.

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