Hamilton enjoys visit

Four-star center Tommy Hamilton is one of the most skilled interior players in the class, and recently made an unofficial visit.

One player who has been very low key on the floor in terms of not playing in a lot of events, and off the floor in terms of not talking much about his recruitment is Tommy Hamilton. The Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young star recently made a visit to Arizona, and is getting better on and off the floor.

Hamilton wasn't out much during the month of July. Instead he was focused on improving his skills and his body at Attack Athletics in Chicago. According to Hamilton it was a very beneficial time for him.

"I think I improved," said Hamilton. "I lost 15 pounds while I was working out over there. I just got more mature, more confident, and more self motivated."

Over the weekend Hamilton made a visit to the University of Arizona. It was his first trip to the school, and a visit that Hamilton definitely enjoyed.

"What did I not see at Arizona," said Hamilton about his time in Tucson. "I like the players and I really like Coach (Sean) Miller a lot, and I also like Coach (Joe) Pasternack. Also the players showed me a good time."

According to Hamilton it was Arizona's desire to recruit him through July that made them a factor and allowed them to get a visit.

"I first heard from them in July," said Hamilton. "I took that time period off because of my foot, but they kept on me strong."

One school that has been involved with Hamilton for a while is Illinois. The home state program was one of the first to offer, but Hamilton says things have recently cooled.

"I love Coach (Bruce) Weber and I really love Coach (Jerrance) Howard, but honestly I haven't talked to them in a minute," said Hamilton of Illinois.

While some schools may not be in there as much as in the past, Hamilton says one other school is beginning to pick up the interest.

"I have also been hearing from Texas recently, but I really don't know anything about Texas," said Hamilton.

For now though Hamilton says he is nowhere close to making a decision. Instead he is focused on his high school season and winning a state championship. In fact, Hamilton has been more dedicated than ever according to his high school coaches.

"I'm older, I am a junior now," said Hamilton of his recent increased commitment to the game. "I am ready to take on the leadership of the team. I had to change myself and my ways in order to take on that challenge."

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