RJ Hampton oozes high level NBA potential but one thing many don’t talk about are his attitude and work ethic. “He just seems like someone who gets it” One league executive told me. “If he isn’t a star I will be shocked” We feel the same way here at Basketball Rehab. Let’s take a closer look at RJ Hampton and learn this 5 star high school recruit a bit better.
Roderick "R. J." Hampton Jr was born February 7, 2001 and currently plays for the New Zealand Breakers of the National Basketball League (NBL).
He attended Little Elm High School in Little Elm, Texas and was considered a five-star recruit and one of the top players in his class. Hampton was recruited by top NCAA Division I programs but chose to bypass college and play professionally.
He has played for the United States under-17 and under-16 national teams. He won gold medals at the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship and 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup.
Hampton possess an elite first step and explodes off the dribble. His scoring ability is really quite impressive as is his versatility. R.J. Had 11 pts , 4 asts and 3 rebs during NBL blitz. We will have to wait a bit longer but we expect an even bigger contribution when the National Basketball League season opens.
Marvin Bagley III has unlimited potential; Zion Williamson is an athletic freak and Cassisus Stanley might have been made by a mad scientist in a laboratory.
All of these elite prospects have one thing in common they have been commits to Duke University.
Stanley has yet to make his collegiate debut however his potential is clear at 6’6” with a rangy wingspan and elite athleticism he has all the tools you want in a superstar NBA player. His high school stats at Sierra Canyon follow.
Most impressively were the 4 assists and 7 rebounds Stanley averaged in high school showing he could impact the game in multiple ways. His 18 points per game are more impressive when you appreciate his versatility.
Zion Williamson was just as impressive at Spartanburg Day High School his stats were 32 points 11 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Zion has always been a beast on defense in both high school and college and that’s never been the concerning side with how he’ll translate in the NBA.
Marvin Bagley III has everything you want in a modern NBA big man. Elite athleticism, good wingspan, great motor and the potential to be a knock down jump shooter.
Bagley also dominated in high school and college.
At Sierra Canyon High School Bagley’s stats were 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists per game.
In college Bagley and Zion continued to perform.
Bagley Posted 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists at Duke. Zion’s freshmen stats were 23 points, 9
rebounds and 2 assists per game.
My biggest concerns with Zion are lack of advanced handle, literally no jump shot and lack of length and height.
I do not have these concerns about Bagley.
We have yet to see what Cassius Stanley can do in college but I expect big things from him.
We here at Basketball Rehab see Bagley as a future superstar. You can read more about that here .
We are not as high on Zion .
Cassius Stanley is a wait and see as we don’t have his college performance to measure yet but for now our money is on Marvin Bagley III out of the three.
It’s still about 9 months away but its never too early to start reviewing the next batch of elite NBA talent. Next year’s draft features bigs aplenty with a handful of tantalizing guard prospects.
Only time and NBA experience will tell us which 2020 NBA Draft prospects will become future stars.
It hasn't been long since the 2019 NBA Draft ended but we can take a early look at potential picks for next year and the new batch of future NBA stars,
1. Anthony Edwards (Georgia)
2. James Wiseman (Memphis)
3. RJ Hampton ( NBL)
4. Cole Anthony ( North Carolina )
5. Scottie Lewis ( Florida)
6. Killian Hayes ( France)
7. Lamelo Ball ( NBL)
8. Nico Mannion ( Arizona)
9. Matthew Hurt ( Duke)
10. Deni Avdija ( Israel)
11. Tyrese Maxey ( Kentucky)
12. Josh Green ( Arizona)
13. Jaden McDaniels ( Washington)
14. Theo Maledon ( France)