Kansas in the Mix for Top 10 Player

A new name for Kansas fans into the mix on the wing. Jordan Hamilton, a 2009 blue chipper has been watching KU, and likes what he sees. The latest from Phog.net's Eric Bossi inside.

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 that.”

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 well.”

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 out.”

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.”

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