One of the area’s top basketball players is leaving the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference for greener pastures.
DeMatha rising junior Joe Hampton announced via Twitter that he was leaving the Hyattsville private school for Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.
“I’m blessed and proud to say that I’m officially an Oak Hill Warrior,” Hampton tweeted on July 3.
Known for its high-profile basketball program, Oak Hill has produced scores of NBA and Division I players including Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson and Michael Beasley among others.
Hampton is the latest area product that has transferred from a WCAC school to Oak Hill. In previous years, other WCAC standouts have left the conference for the boarding school in rural Virginia.
Besides Hampton, the list of DeMatha players transferring to Oak Hill includes Billy Edelin, Jeff Allen, Bryon Allen and Quinn Cook.
Hampton will join former Paul VI guard and recent Penn State commit Josh Reaves at Oak Hill next season. Reaves announced his transfer to Oak Hill last month.
A 6-foot-6 forward, Hampton averaged 11.9 points per game last season and helped lead DeMatha to a 29-6 record.
Hampton, who is drawing interest from various Division I college basketball programs, has already received a handful of offers from the likes of Penn State, Xavier, DePaul and Rhode Island.