5. RJ Hampton, Combo Guard
There were two big decisions for big time college prospects during the 2019 recruiting cycle to take their talents and play professionally overseas instead of staying in the United States. One came from the 6-foot-7 point guard LaMelo Ball, and the other was 6-foot-4 combo guard RJ Hampton. Both Ball and Hampton took their talents to the NBL in Australia.
Ball could be looking at a No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, whenever it is set to occur. But Hampton finds himself in another boat. At one point, Hampton was considered to be a potential top five pick in this draft class, but his stock has fallen since. Hampton was the No. 5 ranked 2019 high school prospect in the nation coming out of Little Elm in Texas.
A supposedly electric playmaking and slashing ability was put on display at times for Hampton in the NBL with the New Zealand Breakers. In 15 games played in the NBL, Hampton averaged 8.8 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals, while shooting 40.7 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Hampton didn’t show enough in the NBL to still warrant the top 10 or top five pick hype that he is getting for the 2020 NBA Draft. He has now showed that he’s ready to fill a valuable and solidified role at the next level yet. This is not worth the Bulls taking a flier out on Hampton with their first round pick, it is just too risky.