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NBA Draft Expert Chad Ford Praises Hampton, NBL

NBA Draft expert Chad Ford has spoken glowingly about the Australian National Basketball League as well as RJ Hampton's development during his time with the New Zealand Breakers.

Ford, a former ESPN NBA Draft Insider and host of the NBA Big Board Podcast, has described the NBL as "a step above" US college basketball and outlined why the league provides a viable alternative for elite pro prospects.

Speaking on the Locked on Bucks Podcast, Ford stated that he also expects Hampton to be a lottery pick, thanks largely to his elite athleticism and a strong year of development in the NBL.

“I know there are a lot of people who criticize these young American kids when they go overseas and feel like they’ve copped out of college or they’ve sold out,” Ford said.

“But the Australian league, in the minds of most NBA scouts that scout both college and international basketball, is a step above what you’re getting in college basketball.

“I know that’s hard for college basketball fans to hear. They think that basketball at Duke and Kentucky is just one step down below the NBA but it’s multiple steps down.

“The Euroleague and what’s happening in Spain, for example, or even in Germany is a level that’s higher than the NCAA. I think Australian basketball has reached that level too.”


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That makes me feel less inferior about being Australian. Thanks for sharing. I needed that.

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Did very well till injury, won't be a superstar but will be excellent nba player.

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If and when he gets to workouts, he will impress. That Breakers environment, on and off the court, was tough.

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Of course there are professional leagues other than the NBA which are above the NCAA.

People who think NCAA is 2nd best after NBA are usually clueless Americans who believe the USA is the only country that exists.

Heck, even the G-League is superior to the NBA.

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I know that's a typo but lol

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Was Ford the one who got caught going back over his old draft boards and adjusting to make himself appear more knowledgable?

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Think so

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The mere thought of comparing Euroleague and NCAA is worth a good chuckle

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Love how the scouts don't want to travel down to Aust anymore so thats the main reason the G-League expansion is gonna happen

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Hampton was a very impressive young man and I wish him all the success for the future.

As far as Ford is concerned, I'm happy to hear the praise about NBL for sure.

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