High school basketball star R.J. Hampton, a five-star recruit, has decided to forgo college offers from programs like Texas Tech and Kansas, instead opting to play professionally for the New Zealand Breakers. SI Now hosts Robin Lundberg and Ryan Asselta debate whether going abroad is more beneficial for young NBA prospects than playing in college.
Is R.J. Hampton Shoe Deal another blow to college hoops?
R.J. Hampton made headlines choosing to forgo college hoops and play in an Australian pro league until he’s eligible for next year’s NBA Draft. Hampton signed an incentive-laden endorsement deal with Chinese shoe company Li-Ning. If Hampton is drafted in the top 10, the deal would reportedly end up one of the richest rookie shoe deals ever. SI Now examines if this is another incentive to forgo college basketball.