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NBA Draft Prospect R.J. Hampton is Ready for the Next Step

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R.J. Hampton is a projected top tier first rounder in the 2020 NBA draft after playing in New Zealand last season with the Breakers. Hampton shocked the basketball world when he opted to play overseas instead of attending one of his top college choices like Memphis or Kansas.

Hampton played 15 games for the Breakers, averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists, despite being hampered with injuries throughout the season. Hampton sat down with SI to talk about preparing for the draft in a pandemic, training with Penny Hardaway and Mike Miller, addressing critics who say he can’t shoot and more.