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State’s top-ranked 2020 player is reclassifying; now eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft

Five-star combo-guard RJ Hampton from Little Elm, Texas.
Five-star combo-guard RJ Hampton from Little Elm, Texas. USA Basketball/247Sports

Little Elm junior guard RJ Hampton, who is the top-ranked 2020 prospect in the state according to 247Sports, is reclassifying to 2019, ending his high school career in three years.

He posted a video on Twitter saying, “Best 3 Years of my life, Little Elm will forever and always be home Thank You. 14 Signing Out.”

The 2018-19 Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year is now eligible for the 2020 NBA draft, according to SLAM.

Hampton, a 5-star 6-foot-6 combo guard, averaged a Dallas-Fort Worth-leading 32 points along with 9.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 3.9 steals per game this past season as the Lobos finished 24-10 and reached the second round of the playoffs.

Hampton was named Texas Player of the Year by USA Today.

His Top-4 are Memphis, Texas Tech, Kansas and Kentucky. He recently took Duke out and replaced it with Tech. Other offers include TCU, Texas, SMU, Baylor, Cal, Florida, Florida State, Houston, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, LSU, UCLA and USC.

He’s projected to commit to Memphis at 44 percent, per 247Sports lead expect Jerry Meyer.

Little Elm head coach Rusty Segler, who won more than 650 career games, was reassigned from his position in early April and a reason why Hampton didn’t leave the Lobos. When the news broke, there were questions about Hampton reclassifying.

Hampton won gold medals with Team USA at the 16U FIBA World Cup in 2017 and at the 17U FIBA World Cup in 2018. The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A Player of the Year in 2018, he concluded his junior year with 2,854 career points.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.