The number one player in the state of Maryland, forward Joe Hampton, has become Pat Chambers’ first commit for the Class of 2016. The four-star prospect played at DeMatha Catholic (Md.) for his freshman and sophomore seasons, and has transferred to powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.) to play there for the next two years.
— Royal J (@JoeH_25) August 2, 2014
He stood 6-foot-4 in just eighth grade, and now he measures a tall 6-foot-7. He had offers from DePaul and Xavier, and interest from Georgetown, Clemson, and Boston College, among others.
“It’s like a family, you know?” Hampton told @givengobball about Penn State. “I’m very familiar with the coaching staff, and I love the way Coach Chambers coaches. And the basketball team is so close; they are like brothers!”
Here are highlights from the final regular-season game of his sophomore year, where he scored 21 points and grabbed 21 rebounds (Hampton is #25.)
This is the fourth high-profile commit Pat Chambers and his team have landed recently. Class of 2015 players Josh Reaves, Deividas Zemgulis, and Mike Watkins have all committed to play for the Nittany Lions.
Hampton is on Twitter at @JoeH_25. Welcome to Happy Valley, Joe!