Top-10 Prospect RJ Hampton Leaves Australia To Prep For Draft

Projected lottery pick RJ Hampton has returned to the U.S. to continue rehabbing a hip flexor injury and prepare for this June’s draft, according to an post.

The 18-year-old point guard chose to play in Australia’s National Basketball League rather than be a one-and-done college prospect. Hampton posted modest stats in 15 NBL  games, averaging 8.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG and 2.4 APG. He played his final game with the Breakers on January 12.

Hampton is currently ranked No. 7 overall by ESPN and fourth among point guards behind LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton and Cole Anthony. Hampton’s explosiveness and versatile offensive game, along with his length and size at 6’5”, make him an intriguing combo guard, according to ESPN’s Mike Schmitz.

NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger offered a positive assessment of Hampton upon his departure.

“RJ leaves the NBL as a projected top ten pick in the NBA Draft. There is no doubt the time he has spent in a world class league in the NBL has helped prepare him for the next step in his professional career. Like all NBL Next Stars, we are proud to have played a part in his journey to the NBA and have enjoyed getting to know him and his family. We wish him every success and look forward to following his career in the years to come.”

Hampton is the second lottery-level prospect to leave the NBL within the last week. LaMelo Ball recently returned stateside after spending most of the season with the Illawarra Hawks.

View Comments (3)