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Freshman Hampton Leaves Penn State Hoops Program

Nittany Lion freshman Joe Hampton has left the PSU basketball program and the university for "personal reasons."

Penn State coach Pat Chambers brought in the best recruiting class in school history over the summer. But the group that was rated third in the Big Ten has already taken a hit.

Friday, Chambers announced that forward Joe Hampton of Bowie, Md., by way of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy had left the program and the university.

“Joe has made the decision to leave the program based on personal reasons," Chambers said in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.”

A 6-foot-8, 290-pounder, Hampton missed his entire senior season at Oak Hill with a torn ACL. Though he enrolled at Penn State in May (ahead of the rest of his class, which arrived in late June), it was not clear if he would be physically prepared to play as a true freshman.

In August, Chambers had the following to say about Hampton:

“He has a ways to go. But when the season comes around, then you figure out if Joe’s ready to go or not. And I think he will be as long as he stays on the path he’s on right now.”

Now, obviously, Hampton is on a completely different path. Hampton was a three-star prospect as rated by

Before Hampton’s departure, Penn State had no scholarships available for the current recruiting cycle. Now it has one.


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