Hampton skips college for New Zealand pro team – ESPN

Hampton skips college for New Zealand pro team - ESPN

5-Star Duke Target RJ Hampton Forgoes College to Play for New Zealand Breakers

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After reclassifying to the 2019 class, 5-star guard RJ Hampton announced Tuesday that he will play professionally in New Zealand next season rather than playing collegiately.

Added NBL chief executive Jeremy Loeliger: R.J. Hampton is one of the most exciting young talents in the basketball world and an upstanding young man who has all the hallmarks of a future champion. We are delighted he has chosen to spend the season with the New Zealand Breakers in the NBL as part of the Next Stars program and look forward to watching him develop on his way to a career in the NBA.

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Hampton said on ESPNs Get Up! that he will play for the New Zealand Breakers of the National Basketball League of Australia.

To secure a player of his talent is a tremendous endorsement of our program and a coup for our club, Breakers owner Matt Walsh said. The NBL is the best league in the world outside of the NBA and attracting a talent like R.J. is a testament to where our club and the league is on the world stage.

“My No. 1 goal is to play in the NBA. I wanted to be an NBA player before I ever wanted to be a college player. This is about getting ready for the next level faster and more efficiently. Both of my parents went to college. My mom got her masters degree. Education is a big thing in our family, but this is about focusing 100 percent on basketball. You can always go back to college, but theres only a short window as an athlete where you can play professional basketball, and I want to take advantage of that. I think that challenging yourself on a daily basis is the best way to improve.”

I wanted to set the trend. I never wanted to be normal, Hampton said of choosing to play for the Breakers. I kind of wanted to set the trend for the other guys coming up, to show them, Hey this is not the only route you can take. I feel this is a better option for me.

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R.J. Hampton, a 6-foot-5 senior point guard from Little Elm (Texas) High School, has decided to sign a pro contract with the New Zealand Breakers rather than play college basketball, he announced Tuesday morning on ESPNs Get Up show.

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