The fact that Jordan Hamilton has developed into one of the premier wing scorers in the class of 2009 isn’t much of a surprise. Highly regarded since early on in his career at Compton (CA) Dominguez, the nearly six-foot-eight inch and 220 pounder has turned into a legitimate top 10 player in his class and is enjoying a terrific junior season.
After dropping 40 points in a win Friday night, Hamilton spent some
time discussing his season and recruitment.
“I’m having a great junior year so far,”
said Hamilton. “We’ve won two tournaments as a team
and we’re already 4-0 in our conference and 16-2 overall.
Personally I’m putting up a little over 25 points a game and
have a nice double double going with about 12 rebounds a game on top of
Blessed with terrific size, the ability to score inside and out and
college ready strength and athleticism, Hamilton has heard several
comparisons. One in particular sticks out to the Californian.
“A lot of people say that I’m a Carmelo Anthony
type of wing,” said Hamilton when asked to describe his game.
“I like to slash to the basket to get some dunks and layups.
Then I’ll shoot some jumpers and I can distribute the ball as
According to Hamilton, he’s got a top five of Texas,
Connecticut, USC, Cal and Kansas while Syracuse sits in sixth position.
While Texas holds a slight edge over UConn, Hamilton says that there is
still room for teams to move up or down his list and he’s
intrigued by Bill Self’s Jayhawks.
“I got a chance to see them play against USC when they came
out here,” Hamilton told Phog.Net. “I really like
the way they play and the way they coach the team. I like how they let
their wings do their thing and have some freedom.”
In fact, Hamilton has been familiar with one member of the Kansas staff
for quite some time. Assistant coach Kurtis Townsend coached
Hamilton’s older brother Gary for a year at Miami. Not
surprisingly, Townsend has spear headed KU’s recruitment
effort along with his boss.
“Coach Townsend and Coach Self have both been recruiting
me,” said Hamilton. “As a matter of fact they were
out here to see me on Wednesday. It was Townsend who came
During the summer Hamilton tripped to UConn to participate in a camp
and he made a trip to Austin during the fall. While nothing is set in
stone, it’s a good bet that he’ll take more visits
during the spring and summer.
“I don’t have any other visits set up yet, but
I’m pretty sure I’ll take more,” said
Hamilton of his travel plans. “Hopefully I’ll be
able to get out to Kansas.”
In the meantime the easy going Hamilton is focused on finishing his
junior season just as strong as he’s started it.
He’s planning on making a decision during the fall of his
senior year and will trust his heart when selecting a program.
“I’m going to go with whatever my heart tells me to
do,” said Hamilton of his decision. “It’s
going to be where I feel the most comfortable with the coaches and
where I feel the same comfort with the players that are there and will
be coming in.”
Kansas in the Mix for Top 10 Player
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