NBA draft junkies vlog : My journey to new zealand

R.J Hampton vs LaMelo Ball

I flew all the way to Auckland, New Zealand to live scout two projected 2020 NBA draft lottery picks in R.J Hampton and LaMelo Ball.


In this vlog, I document my lengthy 20+ hours of travel time and my difficulties getting a media credential. Being denied a media credential motivated me even more to make the best draft content in the world.


I thought both prospects played okay and showed the strengths that have them highly touted, but also their weakness and areas of improvement. 


In this video I have nearly every possession both players touched the ball..


LaMelo Ball


I was disappointed with LaMelo's pre game activity, he did not seem like he was focused or knew the magnitude of this audition in front of NBA scouts and execs. He got off to a very slow start and spent a significant time on the bench early in the game.. He picked it up in the 3rd quarter and showed his handle, creativity, passing instincts and even threw down an impressive tip dunk off an Aaron Brooks miss. Melo finished 3-13 with with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 5 turnovers..


R.J Hampton


Hampton got off to a strong start and with a block on Melo, a nice touch pass assist in transition and a driving layup that I missed on camera..... R.J is on a much more talented team so his role is a lot different than LaMelo's. I thought RJ did a good job of defending and letting the game come to him. Melo got the best of him in the 3rd, but RJ had a strong finish (although the game had already been decided) and displayed the speed in transition and the lightning first step that made him a big time scorer on the prep level.


Hampton finished with 8 points on 4-9 FG with 7 rebounds and 3 assists while his team cruised to an easy victory..


All video shot and edited by Rafael Barlowe


I wanted to create a video series covering  the top freshman prospects for the 2020 NBA draft and track their progress through their likely one and only season playing college basketball.

I named this series after Kanye West's "Freshman Adjustment" mixtape series from the early 2000's. This was back when a Polo bear wearing Kanye was hungry and determined to earn respect as a rapper and wanted to get out of the box of being labeled  a producer.

I personally feel like Kanye in 2001 with my YouTube channel and website, so I decided to create this series to honor the pre Kardashian Ye from Chicago.

"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" was one of my favorite tracks from the "Freshman Adjustment" series and will serve as the soundtrack for the video breakdowns.


*Note* For some prospects it will be hard to find video to support all 3 themes


2020 freshman prospects

james Wiseman -  7'1" 240 |C|Memphis

Anthony Edwards -  6'3" 225 |SG|Georgia 

ISAIAH STEWART - 6'9" 245 |PF/C|Washington

Cole Anthony - 6'3" 190 |PG|North Carolina

NICO MANNION - 6'3" 175 |PG|Arizona

JADEN MCDANIELS - 6'9" 200 |PF|Washington

PRECIOUS ACHIUWA - 6'9" 225 |SF/PF|Memphis

TYRESE MAXEY - 6'2" 190 |PG|Kentucky

KHALIL WHITNEY - 6'8" 200|SF|Kentucky

N'FALY DANTE - 6'11" 240 |C|Oregon

SCOTTIE LEWIS - 6'5" 180 | G/SF|Florida

BRYAN ANTOINE - 6'5"|SG| Florida

SAMUEL WILLIAMSON - 6'6" 185|SG/SF|Louisville

VERNON CAREY - 6'10" 275|C|Duke

MATTHEW HURT - 6'8" 215|PF| Duke

WENDELL MOORE - 6'6" 210|SG| Duke

JEREMIAH ROBINSON-EARL - 6'9" 235|PF| Villanova 

JOSH GREEN - 6'6" 205|SG| Arizona

PATRICK WILLIAMS -  6'8" 215|F| Florida State

JOSIAH JAMES - 6'6" 195|G|Tennessee

Zeke nnaji - 6'11" 240|C|Arizona

LANDERS NOLLEY II - 6'7" 230|F|Virginia Tech

Jahmi'us ramsey - 6'4" 195|G|Texas Tech

Oscar tshiebwe  - 6'9" 260|C|West Virginia

Onyeka okongwu  - 6'9" 245|C|USC

Zeke NNAJI  - 6'11" 240|C|Arizona

top returning prospects

Ochai agbaji -  6'5" 210| SG|SO| Kansas

CHARLES BASSEY - 6'10" 240|C|SO| Western Kentucky

jalen smith -  6'10" 215| PF |SO| Maryland

DEVON DOTSON - 6'1" 180|PG|SO|Kansas 

A.J LAWSON - 6'6" 185|SG|SO|South Carolina

TYRESE HALIBURTON - 6'5" 165|PG|SO|Iowa State

AYO DOSUNMU - 6'4" 185|PG|SO|Illinois

TRE JONES - 6'2" 185|PG|SO|Duke

AARON WIGGINS - 6'6' 180|SG|SO|Louisville

JAY SCRUBB - 6'6" 220|SG/SF|SO| John A. Logan College

C.J ELLEBY - 6'6" 185|SF|SO|Washington State

NEEMIAS QUETA - 7'0" 225|C|SO|Utah State

ASHTON HAGANS - 6'3" 190|PG|SO|Kentucky

AARON NESMITH - 6'6" 215|SF|SO|Vanderbilt

KIRA LEWIS - 6'3" 170|G|SO|Alabama

ISAIAH JOE - 6'5" 170|SG|SO|Arkansas

REGGIE PERRY - 6'10| 245|C|SO|Mississippi State

A.J REEVES - 6'6" 210|SG|SO| Providence

OBI TOPPIN - 6'9" 220|PF|SO|Dayton

XAVIER JOHNSON - 6'3" 190|PG|SO|Pittsburgh

TYLER BEY - 6'7" 215"|F| JR|Colorado

TY-SHON ALEXANDER - 6'4" 200|PG/SG|JR|Creighton

JORDAN NWORA - 6'7" 220| SF| JR|Louisville

PAUL REED - 6'9" 210|PF| JR| DePaul

RAYSHAUN HAMMONDS - 6'8" 235|PF | JR|Georgia

MALACHI FLYNN - 6'2" 175|PG| JR|San Diego State


OMER YURTSEVEN - 7'0"|C| JR| Georgetown

SETH TOWNS - 6'7" 215| SF| JR|Harvard

NICK RICHARDS - 6'11" 245|C| JR| Kentucky

DERRICK ALSTON - 6'8" 185|SF|JR|Boise State

SABEN LEE - 6'2" 185|G|Vanderbilt

STEVEN ENOCH - 6'10" 250|C| SR| Louisville

MAMADI DIAKITE - 6'9" 230|PF|SR|Virginia

JOSH LANGFORD - 6'5" 210|SG|SR|Michigan State

LAMAR STEVENS - 6'7" 230| F|SR|Penn State

CHRIS CLARKE - 6'6" 215|SF| Texas Tech

MARKUS HOWARD - 5'11" 175|PG|SR| Marquette

CASSISUS WINSTON - 6'1" 185|PG|SR|Michigan State

JORDAN BOWDEN - 6'5" 185|SG|SR|Tennessee

ROB EDWARDS - 6'4" 200|SG|SR| Arizona State

UDOKA AZUBUIKE - 6'11" 280|C|SR|Kansas

AUSTIN WILEY - 6'11" 260|C|SR|Auburn

KILLIAN TILLIE - 6'10" 220|PF|SR|Gonzaga

JAVIN DELAURIER - 6'9" 235|C|SR|Duke

KERRY BLACKSHEAR - 6'10" 260|C|SR|Florida

ALPHA DIALLO - 6'6" 210|SG/SF|SR|Providence

MARKELL JOHNSON - 6'1" 175|PG|SR|North Carolina State

JARRON CUMBERLAND - 6'5" 205|SG|SR|Cincinnati 

MYLES POWELL - 6'2" 195|PG|SR| Seton Hall

top international prospects

Deni advija -   6'9" 215|SF|Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)

R.J Hampton -  6'5" 190| PG/SG |NZ Breakers (Australia)

LAMELO BALL - 6'7" 190|PG|Illawarra Hawks (Australia)

THEO MALEDON - 6'5" 175|PG|ASVEL (France)

KILLIAN HAYES - 6'5" 195|G|Ulm (Germany)

AMAR SYLLA - 6'9" 195|SF|Real Madrid (Spain)

ARTURS ZAGAS - 6'3" 170|PG|Joventut Badalona (Spain)

PAUL EBOUA - 6'7" 210|SF|Stella Azzurra (Italy)

BIRAM FAYE - 6'9" 225|SF/PF|Gran Canaria (Spain)

MALCOLM CAZALON - 6'6" 185|Leuven Bears (Belgium)

HENRI DRELL - 6'9"190 |F| Bamberg (Germany)

DALIBOR ILLIC - 6'9" 207|F|Mega Bemax (Serbia)

BORISA SIMANIC - 7'0" 210|PF/C|Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)

NIKITA MIKHAILOVSKII - 6'8" 195|SF|Avtodor Saratov (Russia)

GYTIS MASIULIS - 6'9" 220|PF|  Neptūnas Klaipėda (Lithuania)

Carlos aloCÉn - 6'5" 205|PG| Zaragoza (Spain)

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Behind the numbers

Offensive strengths breakdown on 2020 NBA draft prospect Deni Avdija out of Israel. Avdija is a 6'9' playmaking forward from Maccabi Tel Aviv with excellent passing instincts that has drawn some comparisons to Luka Doncic. While it will be nearly impossible to live up to the hype surrounding Doncic, Avdija is a projected lottery pick in the 2020 NBA draft.

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