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R.J. Five-star Hampton Forgoes College, will spend the 2019-20 season playing in New Zealand

R.J. Five-star Hampton Forgoes College, will spend the 2019-20 season playing in New Zealand
The last five stars not committed to the recruitment class of 2019 will not go to university.

On Tuesday morning, guard R.J. Hampton announced on ESPN's Get Up that he will start his professional career overseas with the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL instead of spending a season in the NCAA. Hampton reclassified previously from class 2020 to 2019 and had been considering Kansas, Memphis, and Texas Tech.

"It's never been a dream of his college basketball, it's been his dream to use college basketball as a vehicle to get to the NBA," Hampton's father, Rod Hampton, told 247Sports. "He's playing against adult men, he's learning to practice like a professional and learning to do everything like a professional and I think those options go to college."

The 6'5 "Hampton, of Little Elm (Texas) High School, was the No. 5 in the ranking composed of 247Sports of the recruiting class of 2019, the third best escort behind Anthony Edwards to Georgia and Cole Anthony This is how the expert in the NBA draft of SI.com, Jeremy Woo, decomposes the game of the guard combo:

After reclassifying in 2019, Hampton immediately had a solid case as the best long-term guard prospect among first-year students. He is a great fluid and capable guard, who is able to navigate through narrow places on the floor and score in a creative way, trusting in his ability to change and over the average coordination. He is a reliable jumping shooter and you have a good idea of ​​how the game is made, and it would have been a piece of high use and high impact immediately in college. Hampton's body is still filling and, as he gets stronger, his game could reach another level. It is not out of the question who will end up playing in the mix for the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft of 2020.

Hampton opting to go abroad means that Kansas will not be a five-star for the first time since 2012. The Jayhawks hoped to get the top 10 prospects as a coup in late spring, but they could still recover the Devon Dotson guards and/or Quentin Grimes, who has until Wednesday night to retire from the NBA draft. Kansas is also in the mix of four-star forward Jalen Wilson, who recently retired from Michigan and could become the first (and only) recruit of the top 50 of the Jayhawks in 2019.

Meanwhile, Memphis hoped to add Hampton to a recruiting class that is already number 1 in the country, while Texas Tech is in the process of recharging itself after its race for the national championship and has the class number 15 in the nation.

Bypassing the university, Hampton joins the best recent recruits like Emmanuel Mudiay and Terrance Ferguson to spend his year before being eligible for the NBA draft overseas. Last year, Syracuse commissioner Darius Bazley finally opted for a season in the G-League over the NCAA, and this year, North Carolina state commissioner Jalen Lecque was introduced to the draft because it was eligible as a fifth-year high school student. And, of course, there is the famous case of LaMelo Ball, which would have been part of next year's NCAA first-year class, but he left high school in 2017 to play professionally in Lithuania.