RJ Hampton: From Australia THE LEAGUE, Ep. 1 | SLAM Day in the Life – SLAM Online

RJ Hampton: From Australia THE LEAGUE, Ep. 1 | SLAM Day in the Life - SLAM Online

Basketball fans rip Doug Gottlieb for calling R.J. Hampton classless over New Zealand choice

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It just prove that, if you put the work in — its so cliche most of the time, but its the story of my life — just going out there every single night, working hard to get to this level, and knowing that I have so much to learn, and so much to improve and grow. Moments like this show that Im gonna continue to be my self, continue to work hard, and I have so much move to improve.

New NBL Next Star R.J. Hampton calls out LaMelo Ball: watchu gonna do?

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I think it was two years ago, when we got bounced out of the playoffs. We literally went in the gym the next day and he was kinda like, listen, I need to learn how to shoot; I see that in playoff basketball, you need to be able to shoot to be on the floor. (We) went to work on that shooting, we changed some mechanics, but thats a very small thing.

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At the age of 17, Siakam had developed more of a basketball sense, and impressed at a camp hosted by fellow Cameroonian and then-NBA player Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Siakam would eventually take part in a Basketball Without Borders camp, where he caught the eye of Raptors president Masai Ujiri; one of the prominent African figures in the NBA.

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Ive heard a lot of people, or him say some things this year; they keep saying, are you surprised?. He says no, this is always what Ive envisioned for myself, so I think thats a powerful statement he makes as well. he believes in himself and he went to work at it.

Five-star prospect R.J. Hampton surprised the college basketball world when he turned down offers from Kansas, Memphis and Texas Tech to sign with the NBL’s New Zealand Breakers.

He took it and just absolutely ran with it; just two, three times a day, every day. Just trying to get that part of his game better. That just shows, he was extremely hardworking, like, beyond, super, super committed to finding a place in this league and improving his game.

Hampton had reclassified into the Class of 2019 with the presumed intention to take his basketball career to the college ranks, but the opportunity in New Zealand was evidently too good to pass up.

When Siakam joined the Raptors in 2016, he was seen as an incredibly raw prospect, with no telling how his future would pan out. He was long and athletic, but didnt possess a jump-shot so it was difficult to see when hed be able to make an impact in the NBA.

On Thursday, Hampton admitted that he actually made up his mind on going overseas and signed a contract a month ago. He just wasn’t allowed to share that news officially — that included hiding the decision from the schools and coaches recruiting him.

Now, in 2019, Siakam is the favourite to walk away with the NBAs Most Improved Player award, coming off a season where he averaged 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds a game. Hes seen his struggles in the playoffs, but Game 1 of the NBA Finals was different.

Gottlieb called the tactic “classless” and added that it was a “DB maneuver.” Mind you, this is an 18-year-old kid he’s talking about here, and it’s a move that coaches make all the time. We don’t see Gottlieb criticize coaches for speaking to other schools or keeping job offers from recruits and players.

Signing LaMelo, like all other Next Stars signings, would need to be a considered conversation with a club, the league, himself and his advisers so its still got a fair way to go, NBL CEO, Jeremy Loeliger, told The Ages Roy Ward.

But when a high schooler (who likely had a reason to keep it quiet) does so, it deserves to be called out? Basketball fans were quick to rip Gottlieb over the tweet.


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