We’re nine months away from the NBA Draft and the hype surrounding two guys is real.
LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton.
Both potential top 10 picks decided to forgo college to work on their game overseas. Ball plays for the Illawarra Hawks and Hampton laces ’em up for the New Zealand Breakers.
The Breakers are in the states this week to take on the Grizzlies and Thunder in preseason matchups. Naturally, NBA scouts from several teams planned on attending Breakers’ practices to get a glimpse of Hampton.
The ban stems from an interpretation of the NBA’s no-contact rules, which prohibit teams from having contact with draft-ineligible players outside of a handful of approved settings, such as official games (including the Breakers’ matchups this week against OKC and Memphis), select college practices and international practices involving only international players.
Nonetheless, this is a rule that’ll need updating soon if top prospects continue to go down this path.
Flip the pages to see highlights of Ball and Hampton overseas.