Five-Star Guard R.J. Hampton Announces Decision to Play Overseas

RJ Hampton at the SLAM Summer Classic in 2018

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RJ Hampton's decision to play for the Breakers next season has led to mass discussions overseas, particularly in the U.S., about top NBA prospects turning down the usual college basketball route to take professional contracts elsewhere.

"So, pound-for-pound one of the best basketball countries in the world".

"The last 24-hours has gone insane since the RJ Hampton signing", said Breakers General Manager Dillon Boucher. "I'll always kind of not necessarily miss college basketball, but college basketball is fun to me". "You could really see why the reason he's so good at such a young age is that he played pro basketball".

This is truly a striking move for a modern player.

"First of all, Australia has a fantastic development system", Silver said. "He's learning how to practice like a pro and learning how to do everything like a pro, and I just think those options outweigh going to college".

Hampton isn't the first American to opt to play professionally overseas, following Brandon Jennings, Emmanuel Mudiay, Terrance Ferguson and Brian Bowen, but he's he most high-profile after being the No. 5-ranked player in the Class of 2019 after originally being in the 2020 recruiting class.

While the National Basketball Association is debating the rule change, the NBAL is working hard to recruit American players who may not want to spend a year in college.

"I started following him two years before he was drafted and watched at least 10 games of his this season".

Hampton, a 6-foot-5 guard who received offers from several basketball powerhouses (including Duke and Kentucky), was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Texas, after averaging 32 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists during the season, according to The Dallas Morning News. "It's a wonderful thing for the Breakers and the NBL that he's made the decision".

"I haven't talked to him yet or his advisers, but to the extent he decided he was better off in Australia than our G League, I think I'm going to talk to Commissioner Shareef (Abdur-Rahim) of the G League and say, 'What should we be looking at differently?'"

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