Updated as of 6/1/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
Country: United States (Little Elm, TX)
Professional Team: New Zealand
Classification: Non-College U.S. Draft Prospect
2020 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 10
Projected Draft Range: Lottery
Very good scorer off the dribble
Good mid-range shooter
Excels at scoring on the move
Good rebounder for his size
Decent defender that can rack up steals
Needs to improve his shooting
Must expand upon his shooting range
Prone to hoisting up questionable shots
Can play too wildly on offense
His effort on defense can lag at times
Emotions can get the best of him
R.J. Hampton is a speedy, skilled combo guard that could be a likely lottery pick in the 2020 draft. He is a tremendous scorer in transition, and he will often take the ball to the basket to garner scores. He can also run the point or play off the ball, but sometimes he can play too fast and out of control, which can lead to misses and turnovers.
He also plays solid help defense, as he can get steals and blocks, but he will need to improve his focus to be a better position defender in games. He also will need to improve his jump shot, and he didn’t exactly post great shooting percentages nor went to the free throw line often in the NBL, and his shot selection can leave a lot to be desired.
But when he’s on his game, he looks to be an elite talent that could be near the top of his class. Hampton is a very talented prospect that could end up being one of the best players to come out of this draft class.
12/14/2018 Little Elm HS vs. South Garland HS
If you use any portion of this material, please credit NBA Scouting Live.