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NBA Draft 2020

NBA Draft 2020: Prospect RJ Hampton models his game after Jamal Murray and Zach LaVine

RJ Hampton is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The five-star recruit was ranked fifth in ESPN's top-100 coming out of high school but chose to forge his own path in playing overseas in Australia's NBL, a road followed by his draft classmate LaMelo Ball.

But for all the exposure that Ball gets, you may not have heard as much about the 6-foot-5 combo guard.

MORE: Ball says 'I feel like I can play on any team' ahead of NBA Combine

In Hampton's first media availability session ahead of the NBA Combine, he gave some insight into how he would describe his game.

"I definitely think I bring a fast-paced, energizer guard," Hampton told the media. "I can attack downhill, get my teammates involved and be a pest on defence. I can do the little things, and with working with Mike Miller now, I've been better at knocking down the open 3 and open shots."

If you're trying to work on your shooting, Miller is an ideal coach for that. The two-time NBA champion shot a blistering 40.7% from beyond the arc during his 17-year career.

For a player like Hampton, who shot 29.5% from beyond the arc in 15 games for the New Zealand Breakers, Miller's a great mentor to help see more of those shots fall.

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To help further familiarize yourself with the 19-year-old guard, Hampton even rattled off a couple of current NBA players he feels he plays like and tries to model his game after.

"I would say in the NBA today, Zach LaVine would be one of them, and Jamal Murray. Those would be the two guards that I watch the most," Hampton stated.

"LaVine being a superb athlete and a prolific scorer, and Murray just being able to do everything, as you can see now, those would definitely be the two people."

Neither player is a bad choice - LaVine standing in at 6-foot-6 and Murray listed at 6-foot-4, Hampton has a similar build. LaVine is coming off of a season in which he averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game, ranking him just outside the top-10 in the league. Murray is coming off of a ridiculous postseason run where his 504 points led the entire playoffs at the time the Denver Nuggets were eliminated.

If Hampton continues to get in work with the sharpshooting Miller and watches film of players like LaVine and Murray, he'll be trending in the right direction.

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