Joe Hampton has transferred from DeMatha to Oak Hill Academy, marking the second marquee boys’ basketball player to move from a WCAC power to the Mouth of Wilson school. The rising junior foward announced the news on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon.
I’m blessed and proud to say that I’m officially an Oak Hill Warrior!!
— Royal J (@JoeH_25) July 3, 2014
Swingman Joshua Reaves, who committed to Penn State this week, also transferred to Oak Hill Academy last month following a breakout junior season at Paul VI.
DeMatha Coach Mike Jones said Hampton’s father informed him of the decision. While Jones said the news did not come as total surprise, he pointed out in a Thursday phone interview that Hampton’s transfer had nothing to do with grades or discipline issues.
“I know the first thing some people might think when hearing the news is that Joe got in trouble or his grades were bad, but I want to make it clear that’s not the case,” Jones said. “Joe is coming off a very good year academically. I know his family thought through this decision and it wasn’t an easy one for them. They did what they felt was best for Joe and we wish him the best. He still has brothers on this team and the coaches care a lot about him as well.”
Ranked by Rivals as the No. 60 overall prospect in the 2016 class, Hampton averaged 11.9 points for the Stags and helped lead them to a 29-6 record and runner-up finishes in the WCAC and Alhambra Catholic Invitational tournaments. Hampton earned a spot on the All-Met honorable mention list and garnered offers from DePaul, Penn State and Xavier.
Although Hampton served as DeMatha’s most highly touted returning player, his transfer doesn’t leave the cupboard bare. The Stags return 12 players from last year’s team, including four of their top six scorers in senior Terrell Allen, sophomore D.J. Harvey, junior Alani Moore and junior Reginald Gardner along with forward Thomas Bruce. Several of these players helped the Stags win The Rock Summer League title on Wednesday.