RJ Hampton Rumors

Teenage star R.J. Hampton has ended his short sojourn in New Zealand and Australian basketball and is returning to the United States to recover from a hip injury and prepare for the NBA draft. Hampton was a high school star, highly sought-after by NCAA Division 1 colleges, who made a surprise decision last year to forego a college career and play professionally for the New Zealand Breakers in Australia’s National Basketball League. He told The Associated Press at the time he preferred to “live like a pro and to play with grown men and not have to juggle books and basketball.”
A few NBA scouts made the trip to New Zealand to see Ball play against potential first-round draft pick RJ Hampton and were impressed with what they saw. “This is LaMelo’s first real competition in his career,” an NBA scout told Yahoo Sports. “The fact that he’s putting up numbers like this in a league full of former NBA players is forcing every team to look at him as a potential No. 1 pick.”