Since its release on March 10, Netflix's Last Chance U: Basketball has been giving viewers an inside look at the grueling world of community college basketball through the lens of East Los Angeles College (ELAC) players. The Huskies team is made up of former Division-1 recruits and aspiring athletes who are determined to take their game to the next level.
One of the standout athletes featured in the documentary is Joe Hampton, a highly talented power forward who came to ELAC after leaving his spot on the Penn State basketball team and following a string of injuries, personal turmoil, and jail time. Despite struggling emotionally while on the team, Joe flourishes with the Huskies under the leadership of his mentor and coach John Mosley.
Even though Joe and the rest of the Huskies make it to the three-day state championship tournament at the end, the Huskies' season was cut short due to the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States last spring. Fortunately, it sounds like despite the shortened season, many of the players were still able to pursue their goals and go on to play at other major universities.
Where is Joe Hampton now?
Today, Joe is back competing in the NCAA Division 1 league, playing forward for Long Beach State's men's team. Since December, Joe has averaged over 10 points per game. According to his team bio, he is majoring in American Studies.
On his Instagram page, Joe shared with his fans a picture of himself in his yellow Long Beach State uniform and wrote, "got a second chance wit promises I won't break em again💯."
Reflecting back on his time coaching Joe, John told Esquire that he always believed in him and saw himself in the basketball star in a lot of ways.
"Everybody says, 'You're a great coach, a great motivator, you're a great person.' But I wasn't always that way. And it took a few people. I was fortunate enough to have my father in my life. It took a few people to move me, chip away at the diamond that was in me," he recalled to the outlet. "And Joe, I could see it there as well. When you see the flashes, when you see that little spark of a diamond under that rock, man, I'm going to get it."
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