MEMPHIS — Monday, a big day for one of the top dual sport stars in the state of Tennessee.
MUS standout Maurice Hampton, a Mister Baseball and Mister Football winner this year, waiting to hear his name called in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. The big money question…would he be selected high enough to turn his back on a commitment to play both sports at LSU.
Most thought it would take first round money to sway Hampton from attending LSU and after a long night of waiting, the first round came and went and no call. 41 picks and Hampton was still on the board.
That made the decision easy for the two-sport star. Hampton is heading to Baton Rouge, picking college over pro baseball. “I let guys know that if they gave me the number that I asked for, I was signable. They didn’t think I was worth the number that I put out so I didn’t get it and I’m going to school,” Hampton said.
Hampton’s father, Maurice Hampton Sr. said four teams reached out late on day one of the draft but the highest offer to sign was $1.8 million dollars. The Hampton’s declined. “Emotionally it was tough but in my head, I knew what I wanted and I didn’t get it. It really was a no brainer.” Hampton Sr. adding “When you throw that in front of some kids, they’re going to say just let me do it and let me go on but I just feel in my heart, I gotta do the best thing for my son. I just feel it’s best for him to go to college. I really, really do.”
— Mike Ceide (@MCeide_WREG3) June 4, 2019