Roderick Hampton Jr. or RJ is a basketball player of the National Basketball Association playing for the Orlando Magic. The young and talented Hampton stands 6 feet and 6 inches and plays the shooting and point guard positions. Before joining the NBA, he was under the National Basketball League for the New Zealand Breakers.
Hampton started his amateur career in basketball during his time in high school at the Little Elm High School in Texas. In his freshman year, he averaged a total of 23.6 points and was recognized as the Dallas Morning News All-Area Newcomer of the Year and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A All-State. He was also named MaxPreps Freshman All-American. During his sophomore year, he was recognized as TABC 5A All-State, USA Today All-Texas first team, and MaxPreps Sophomore All-American first team. He continued his amazing performance during his junior year wherein he became the Gatorade Player of the Year, the only non-senior student to do so. In 2019, he graduated from high school after only taking three weeks of online classes. He was ranked as a 5-star recruit by Rivals.com, ESPN, and 247Sports.
Before becoming a professional basketball player, Hampton also played for the United States and won the gold medal during the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.
By May 2019, Hampton started his professional basketball journey under the Australian-based National Basketball League when he signed a multi-year contract with the New Zealand Breakers. By February 2020, he declared his intention to join the NBA Draft.
During the 2020 NBA draft, Hampton became the 24th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was later on traded to the Denver Nuggets and by December of the same year, he finally signed a contract with the Nuggets. On March 25, 2021, he was traded to the Orlando Magic.
- 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal
- 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup gold medal
- 2019 Texas Gatorade Player of the Year
- 2019 MaxPreps All-American Second Team
- 2019 USA Today All-USA First Team