School retires numbers for first time

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On Friday night, Russellville High School celebrated the ninth class inducted intoo the Russellville High School Alumni Althletic Hall of Fame. 2002 RHS graduate, Maurice “Squeaky” Hampton, was the 2014 Hall of Fame inductee.

Also during this ceremony, RHS retired Hampton’s number 21 and 2010 inductee Charles “Bubba” Wells’ number 13. This was the first time the school has retired the numbers of former players.

Hampton was an important player to Russellville High School during his career and would move on to play college and professional basketball.

Hampton was the starting point guard all four years of his high school career. During his freshman year, the Panthers were regional runners-up, and the next two seasons they not only won the region, but also finished in the Final Four of the Sweet 16.

Hampton was name All-Region the two Final Four seasons and was selected for the All-State Tournament team as a junior in 2001. Twice he was named Sweet Sixteen Player of the Game. At the close of his senior season, he was selected to the KY All-Star Team in 2002. He was runner up to Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 2002.

As a senior, he was Panther of the Year, led the team in scoring and a field percentage of 27.9 points per game for the second straight year. He had two 40-point games, scoring 1,847 career points. Hampton also excelled in track, winning the state high jump championship.

From RHS Hampton committed early to Austin Peay State University. He later turned down a full scholarship offer from Mississippi State to honor his commitment to APSU. Hampton was a four-year regular for the Governors and helped win the conference twice. Hampton ranks fourth all time in free-throw shooting for the Governors and fifth in three-point goals made and ninth in three-point shooting. He is seventh in all time games played for APSU with 127.

After graduating college in 2006, Hampton played seven seasons of international basketball in Scotland, Czech Republic and Israel. He currently plays for the Bowling Green Hornets.

2010 Hall of Fame inductee, Charles “Bubba” Wells, presented Hampton with this plaque, and was honored on Friday as well.

Wells graduated in 1992 and led the Panthers to two state Class A Classics, two 13th District Championships and the 4th Region finals for the first time in 31 years. Wells averaged 25 points per game as a senior. Well also played for Austin Peay State University. As a senior, Wells averaged 31.7 points per game and was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year. Wells left Austin Peay as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,267 points.

Wells was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1997 NBA draft. He continued his career playing in the Philippines and Greece. Well was named into the Austin Peay Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.

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