Know About R.J. Hampton; Height, Stats, Age, Duke, Twitter, Dating, Dad

Published Date: 29 May, 2019 Updated date: 29 May, 2019 By Celebs Podium

The major Duke Blue Devils’ target, R.J. Hampton made a recent decision to snub college to sign a pro contract with the New Zealand Breakers. Hampton will now steer his career in the National Basketball League (NBL).

R.J. Hampton, the young basketball star, enjoyed a high school career with Little Elm High School team, before deciding to play professionally in New Zealand from the next season.

R.J. Hampton’s Bio: Age, Dad, Height

The 18-years-of-age basketball newbie was born as Roderick Hampton Jr. on 7 February 2001 in Dallas, Texas. He is the son of a former college basketball player father, Rod Hampton. His dad played for the Southern Methodist University (SMU) from 1987 to 1991.

Hampton graduated from Little Elm High School in Little Elm, Texas in 2019. There, he also commenced his amateur high school basketball career. Before that, Hampton attended Scoggins Middle School in Frisco, Texas.

The young basketball star stands at a tall height of 6 feet and 5 inches (1.96 m). Additionally, he weighs around 180 lbs (82 kg).

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Amateur Career, Contract

R.J. Hampton started playing for his high school team since his freshman season in 2016-17. Later on 15 March 2019, he was named Texas Gatorade Player of the Year. After his graduation, he was initially projected to choose from Kansas, Memphis, and Texas Tech from his list of college choices. Amidst that, Duke Blue Devils, who have a young gun like Zion Williamson, also targeted the talented point guard.

Among all these, Hampton decided to opt against the traditional collegiate route and penned a multi-year contract with the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL. After he made this decision on 28 May 2019, Hampton stated,

My No. 1 goal is to play in the NBA. I wanted to be an NBA player before I ever wanted to be a college player. This is about getting ready for the next level faster and more efficiently. Both of my parents went to college. My mom got her masters degree. Education is a big thing in our family, but this is about focusing 100 percent on basketball. You can always go back to college, but there’s only a short window as an athlete where you can play professional basketball, and I want to take advantage of that. I think that challenging yourself on a daily basis is the best way to improve.

R.J. Hampton explains his decision to opt for a professional deal on ESPN’s Get Up! (Video: SportsCenter’s Twitter)

His ex-basketball player father also supported his son’s choice to opt for a professional and clarified it was not anything regarding financial or educational concerns.

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Is R.J. Hampton Dating?

The new Breakers’ signing is currently focused on tasting the first real flavor of a professional platform. As he is in the high time of his fresh career, the teen basketball star seems some distance away from any relationship happenings.

Apart from that, R.J. Hampton has not been linked in any dating rumors on the internet. Hopefully, we will find the young lad enjoying a personal bliss anytime soon in the future.

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Some Interesting Facts About R.J. Hampton

  • R.J. Hampton’s grandfather, Richard Evans, served in the Vietnam War.
  • Besides incredible stats, Hampton also earned USA Today’s All-USA first team recognition during his high school career.
  • He bagged a goal medal with the United States national under-16 team at the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship.
  • Hampton also bagged a goal medal with the national under-17 team at the 2018 FIBA under-17 Basketball World Cup.
  • He has 26.6 K followers on his Twitter account.
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