One of the nation’s top small forwards has seen his recruitment pick up even further thanks to a strong spring.
Jairus Hamilton, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound small forward from Concord (N.C.) Cannon, is Scout’s 45th ranked prospect in 2018.
This weekend with the Georgia Stars, Hamilton showed his versatility with his size, length and athleticism, having the ability to face up and shoot or take opponents inside or score at the rim.
“I’m working out a lot,” Hamilton said. “I’m getting in the gym twice a day, before school and after school just trying to work in the weight room, stay conditioned and just improve my stock.
“I think I’ve done really well leading the team, trying to get them wins. I’m also improving my point guard skills.”
Hamilton recently picked up a big offer for him.
“My most recent offer was Duke,” he said. “I was very blessed and happy. Coach K called me personally and he doesn’t usually offer over the phone but he said he loved my game and sees me as a kid with a bright future so he wanted to offer me that night.”
Duke added its name to a recruitment that involves rival North Carolina, a program which Hamilton knows plenty about.
“It’s the hometown school,” said Hamilton. “A couple of my friends have already committed there. I have good chemistry with those guys.”
“I like the new coaching staff at N.C. State,” said Hamilton. "They say I’m their number one priority. They love how I can do everything for my team.
“Kansas loves my game and sees me as a guy on the perimeter who can get myself and everyone else going. Arizona sees me the same way. Wake also sees me as a number one guy on a team.”
For now, Hamilton doesn’t have any favorites or know when he’ll make a decision.
“I have no idea,” he said. “It’s all up in the air right now.”