Former Oak Hill Academy product Joe Hampton, who announced his intention to transfer from Penn State after his freshman campaign, will enroll at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas, per Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.
A 6’8″, 250-pound power forward that was rated as a three-star recruit, Hampton was ranked as the third best player in the state of Maryland in the 2016 recruiting class. The No. 1 player in the state is Washington Huskie commit, Markelle Fultz, who was rated as the No. 5 player in the entire country coming into his freshman campaign. Hampton originally began at DeMatha Catholic (where Fultz finished his high school career), before transferring to Oak Hill in July 2014.
Hampton has been hot and cold with the Nittany Lions throughout his recruiting process. He committed to Penn State in August 2014, just to de-commit in March 2015. He would re-commit in May 2015 and enrolled earlier this summer, before transferring just weeks before the season would get underway. His transfer to South Plains Junior College allows him not to lose his freshman year immediately after such a late transfer date.
It’s been since 2001 that the Nittany Lions have won an NCAA Tournament game (they lost in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament). Stuck in the pressure cooker that is Big Ten basketball, Penn State has been unable to compete on the highest level since Pat Chambers took over in 2011, going 15-56 in conference play under him.
Hampton’s former Oak Hill teammate Josh Reaves committed to the Nittany Lions and played as a freshman last season on a team that went 16-16.