Kentucky, Duke, Memphis, are just a few of the elite offers that R.J. Hampton had received to go play college basketball. He decided to go the route that college coaches hate, playing overseas and on a professional basketball contract with the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL (college basketball’s biggest threat). Not a bad move from a 5-star recruit out of Little Elm HS(TX).
Many of his college critics will say why on earth would you make this move? New Zealand are you kidding me? To those people I say, “cash rules everything around me, dollar dollar bill ya’ll” to quote the great Wu-Tang-Clan. You can’t fault an 18-year old for wanting to chase the money regardless of where the hell it may be. Just like a hard working person in your everyday job, you make career moves to do what’s better for your family and your friends financially and sometimes that may be in another state, country, etc. That’s what Hampton is doing. College? Just another year of not making money (unless you’re at Duke, of course.)
As the #5 overall player in the top 100 class this year, he is just doing what Brandon Jennings did before him. Tested college waters and decided playing overseas was a better deal for him. For the Coach K’s, Calapari’s, and Hardaway’s, I’m sorry that your fan bases will never see this kid in action. But for my NBA fans, this kid will be the real deal just you wait.