ANBL: RJ Hampton likely to miss remainder of NZ Breakers season

RJ Hampton's time with the NZ Breakers could be over, according to reports he's set to miss the rest of the Aussie basketball season through injury. 

ESPN claims the 18-year-old guard aggravated a hip complaint during the 95-85 loss to the Brisbane Bullets last weekend and may not suit up again. 

"[RJ] Hampton is questionable to return for the final seven games of the regular season, as [the Breakers] are close to being mathematically eliminated from postseason play," reports ESPN draft analyst Johnathan Givoney. 

A Breakers spokesman confirmed the report was "accurate".

If Hampton does withdraw, he'd turn his attention to preparing for the 2020 NBA Draft on June 26 (NZ time), where he's projected as a top prospect.

In 15 games this season, Hampton has averaged 8.8 points, 2.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. The Breakers are second-to-last on ANBL standings, with nine wins and 12 losses. 

They're only two wins outside the top four, but may need at least five wins to have a chance of sneaking into the playoffs.

Their next three games are against top-four opponents, starting with the league-leading Sydney Kings in New Plymouth on Friday.

The report coincides with Illawarra Hawks guard LaMelo Ball ending his season to recover from a foot injury before the NBA Draft. 

A bone bruise suffered in early December sidelined Ball 12 games into the season.