Class of 2016 F Joe Hampton Commits to Penn State Hoops

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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.

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 ReavesDeividas 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!

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Alex Robinson is the Sports Editor for the 2014-15 school year. He's lived in Harrisburg almost his whole life, but he says he's from California -- where he was born -- because that's more fun. He loves cats and Chinese food, but only separately. He met both Ben Affleck and Kanye West within a half hour, so the three of them are basically best friends. If you want to hear his #scorching #hot #takes, you can follow him at @ARobinsonPSU or email him at [email protected] (please email him, he needs someone to talk to).

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