Every evening the Breakers don't have a game–when many of the team might be home with theirfamilies or out with friends–the 18-year-old is back in the gym until 10pm, putting up shot aftershot. It may sound like some madefor-moviescliché vigil on the free-throw line, but the reality isthat Hampton is never alone. His father Rod (a former college basketballer), mother Markita andeven kid brother Ryan, never miss a game or a training session.As an apprenticeship, there is a near-Jedi level of intensity, not to mention destiny. “The first timeDad put a ball in my hand, I knew what I wanted to be,” he says.“As long as I can remember, I've wanted to be where the Le Bron's and the Kobe's were, and I'd doanything it took to get there.”He's not the first kid to dream of dominating the court like Kobe Bryant. But in Hampton's case, it'snot a dream; it's a well-crafted plan. The 1.96 (6'5") Point Guard arrived in Auckland as one of themost talked-about NBA prospects ever, touted asa top-ten draft pick for 2020. So, no wonder hemade headlines in the United States after eschewing not only a raft of top college offers but also hisfinal year of high school to play a season with the Breakers in the NBL.“I only did three years of highschool. I finished but didn't do a senior year, so I could have been inhigh school this year playing basketball, but that wasn't something I wanted to do. Kansas, Duke,Kentucky, Memphis are great colleges; they were recruiting me all though high school,but I didn'tfeel it was the right fit for me.“My goal has always been to play NBA. I've never wanted to stay four years in College. You do missthose things, but my best friend is at the University of Kansas, so all the college I need, I get throughhim.”The college route is a time-honoured tradition for the NBA, but four years of NCAA Basketball didn'tfit with Hampton's schedule.“It was a logistical decision; it just didn't match up with the way I wanted to play basketball. Thislevel and type of basketball, and the way I'm being coached; I like that better. Getting experienceplaying against pros, you can't ask for better than that. This is better than college.