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RJ Hampton picks…. the New Zealand Breakers

On today’s Get Up on ESPN, five-star guard RJ Hampton announced his commitment to Australia’s National Basketball League. He will play for the New Zealand Breakers.

Hampton picked overseas professional basketball over Kansas, Memphis and Texas Tech — his three finalists in his recruitment — as well as offers from Kentucky and Duke, among others.

Hampton said it was never his dream to play college basketball, so he is getting a head start on his actual dream of being a pro.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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20 Comments for RJ Hampton picks…. the New Zealand Breakers



  1. Ichabod24
    8:59 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Wow! So if it was “never his dream to play college basketball” then why lead all these colleges on and go through the recruiting process?!?! Bush league stuff here. BS.



    • Ben27
      9:23 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

      He is no worse than the colleges that play games recruiting. Why pick on some high school kid. Sounds like he is more mature than you are. It was his choice, all the schools knew that this was a possibility and recruited him anyway. It is hard to make these type of decisions at his age. Just be happy he did not choose Memphis! Why can’t you just be happy for him? Only time will tell if it was a wise decision.



    • StillBP
      9:30 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

      Just bc it wasn’t his dream doesn’t mean he wasn’t seriously considering it. It wasn’t really my dream to go to college either but I kinda had to in order to have the career I wanted. He considered it and decided it wasn’t the best route for him. Lighten up!



    • runningunnin.454
      9:31 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

      Ballsy move; more refreshing than the Wisemans and McDaniels that are tied to momma’s apron strings.
      Hope it works out for him.



    • ukbradstith
      10:37 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

      Well his entire family is moving with him, so not exactly cutting the cord yet. And I don’t blame him, at 18 I’d be the same way.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      1:52 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

      Yet AZ has a strong class and LSU is returning players.



  2. StillBP
    9:12 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Interesting. Look forward to seeing how this works out for him.



  3. bobbyneckbrace
    9:25 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

    I really thought this was a New Circle Circular article.



  4. Han
    9:52 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Taking the Jennings and Mudiay path, I guess. Won’t get the exposure but he’ll be paid and not have to go to class. Obvious that’s what he prefers.

    Poor Kansas (and Memphis).



    • StillBP
      9:56 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah poor Kansas. When you’re caught up in a recruiting pay for play scandal so kids pass on you,that’s just too sad.



    • 4everUKblue
      10:10 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

      Well hell, if he didn’t want to go to class why didn’t he just to to UNCheat?



    • Mathlete
      10:30 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

      If he wanted to get paid, he could’ve gone to Dook or Kan$as too haha



    • Han
      12:23 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

      I honestly couldn’t understand why he was considering Kansas since there’s a real chance they get hammered soon (and they should). Maybe he was told it wouldn’t happen until after his year there anyway.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      1:54 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

      Ment to reply here. AZ has a top class and LSU is returning some of it’s best players even though they’re both in the same boat.



  5. dctawk
    10:20 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

    If he were my son, I would applaud thinking through any process. Elite talent makes it to the League.



    • chrislarkey
      10:59 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

      Better NZ than any of KY opponetts



    • Bruce Dickinson
      1:08 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

      On the flip side, if he gets hurt and can’t play then there is no lifetime scholarship to fall back on.



  6. BIGJONSTUDD85
    11:15 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Well I guess Memphis Kansas or Texas Tech weren’t willing to pay this time



  7. rickwhitetx
    12:57 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Do I smell eligibility issues?



  8. Smyrna_Cat
    3:27 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Doesn’t Kansas and Memphis both pay better than a New Zealand team?