R.J. Hampton to skip college, play in New Zealand

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By Stephen Peters/ VYPE DFW

Appearing on ESPN’s “Get Up” morning show, former Little Elm basketball star R.J. Hampton announced he would forego playing college basketball – this after reclassifying as a 2019 graduate following head coach Rusty Segler’s reassignment – to play overseas for the New Zealand Breakers in the National Basketball League, based in Australia.

Hampton, a 5-star recruit, had whittled down his choices of schools just last week to Texas Tech, Kansas and Memphis, eliminating Kentucky from his final four choices. Ultimately, the talented wing opted for what seems to be a growing trend and play professionally one year overseas to bypass the one-and-done rule with college since the NBA requires a player to be one year removed from high school.

This was a similar route Emmanuel Mudiay took after graduating from Prime Prep Academy then joining the Guangdong Southern Tigers instead of playing in college.

Hampton averaged 32.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.2 assists a game his senior season at Little Elm, leading the Lobos second-place finish in 8-5A and to the Area Round of the 5A playoffs. Hampton is widely regarded as a Top 5 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

UPDATE: Jason Jordan from USAToday, tweeted that Hampton was offered far more than the $125,000 salary the NBA’s G League and has “multiple offers” from shoe companies.

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