Wichita State Snags Big Man

Jerome Hamilton took a pair of visits, before realizing that Wichita State was the place for him.

Wichita State is recruiting the south hard these days. They scored South Carolina native Kenny Manigault a few weeks ago, and with their latest commitment they've dipped into Georgia for Jerome Hamilton.

Hamilton, a 6-foot-7 forward, attended Wichita State's elite camp over the summer and followed that up with an official visit this past weekend. According to his AAU coach, Curtis Wheeler, one of Wichita State's assistants played a major role in the decision.

"He picked Wichita State because of his relationship with Earl Grant and he thought the facilities were better," Wheeler said. "He wants to help Wichita get back to where they were a few years ago when they went to the Sweet 16."

Ultimately his decision came down to Wichita State and Southern Illinois. But he also had strong interest from Winthrop, Murray State, College of Charleston and Georgia State.

Hamilton and Manigault, of Summerville (S.C.) Pinewood Prep, make up the Shockers current 2009 class.

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