RJ JOHNSON SIGNS NBL DEAL
Five-star senior guard RJ Hampton is bypassing college and has agreed to a professional deal with the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL. his father, Rod Hampton, told 247Sports:
"I think he’s ready, that’s why we weren’t going back to high school. It’s never been a dream of his to play college basketball, it’s been a dream of his to use college basketball as a vehicle to get to the NBA. ... He’s playing against grown men. He’s learning how to practice like a pro, and learning how to do everything like a pro and I just think those options outweigh going to college. He has a 1280 on the SAT and a 3.7 GPA. We aren’t doing this for financial reasons or he has to do this, he could have gone to college.”
Hampton said his son was offered more than $1 million from a professional team in China. He said they also received offers from teams in Europe. In the end, Hampton liked the fit with the Breakers. Although he didn’t disclose the details of the contract, Hampton said it surpasses what the G League would offer and said they’re working on getting a shoe deal.