CTK's Rob Hampton A Key Player This Season

Undervalued Rob Hampton should be key player for Christ The King this season

If you're looking for an undervalued player in this rising senior class coming out of New York City, Rob Hampton is your guy. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound swingman from Christ the King High School in Middle Village, New York, is one of the city's most underappreciated players, and he's poised to turn heads as a senior for coach Bob Oliva.

Hampton has gotten limited exposure on a high school team with multiple Division I prospects, often overshadowed by older, more highly touted teammates. But he's an integral part of what the Royals do. This year, as a senior, Hampton will start at the power forward slot for a relatively undersized group, and he'll play a valuable role with his versatility and blue-collar work ethic.

It's hard to pin a position on Hampton. He's very effective around the basket, relentless on the glass, and an excellent finisher around the cup. He has a good motor, is a strong second-effort guy, and will battle you inside, displaying ample toughness. Hampton an active player who has a very good nose for the ball.

Hampton can also play away from the basket and put it on the floor, but in both high school and AAU settings he's mainly been asked to do the dirty work inside, and he excels in that role.

So far, Rob has received some interest, but no serious overtures. "Right now, I'm just getting interest," said Hampton. "No offers, though."

Among the schools that have shown interest are Drexel, La Salle, Stony Brook, San Francisco, Rider, and St. Peter's.

Hampton is still gathering information as far as the recruiting process goes. "I haven't really thought about it yet," said Hampton. "I'm just looking to get an offer right now."

Those will come. Hampton was probably the most consistent performer for Team Odom, coached by Artie Cox and C.J. Council, at the Super 64 in Las Vegas in late July. He scored 23 points in a pool play win over Cougars Northwest Montana and was impressive in a playoff loss to a formidable Chicago Jaguars team out West.

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