Hamilton Setting Up Visits

It's been a bit of a long spring for rising senior Jordan Hamilton. After leading Compton (CA) Dominguez to a runner up finish at the state tournament, the six-foot-seven inch wing has been hitting the spring travel circuit with his Team Odom teammates. In addition to that, the highly regarded prospect has been fighting a battle to maintain eligibility for his senior year at Dominguez.

Despite all of the off the court drama, Hamilton feels like things went pretty well.
 
“It went alright, I could have done much better,” said Hamilton . “Playing on a team where I have much better talent around me I’ve gotten a chance to utilize my point guard skills and get guys open shots, I think it went alright.”
 
A powerful wing who can bury jumpers from deep or score in the post, Hamilton also spent the spring demonstrating an improved handle and the ability to make plays off the dribble. Not surprisingly, he’s got a long list of suitors but mentioned four schools in particular when asked who he likes.
 
Texas , Syracuse , Connecticut and Kansas ,” said Hamilton when asked for a list. ”I think I could come in and fit in right away, at all the schools that I named. They are all wing schools that’s why I picked them.”
 
According to Hamilton, he’s planning trips to both Kansas -- where he hopes to attend this weekend’s elite camp -- and UConn (where he visited last summer) in the near future. As for the Jayhawks, he says that their cause is aided some by his familiarity with assistant coach Kurtis Townsend who coached his older brother at Miami .
 
“I’m familiar with them, when I went there when I was younger I got a chance to sit down and talk with him (Townsend) a bit,” said Hamilton . “He’s a great guy, him and Coach Self.”
 
After word had spread that he wouldn’t be eligible for his senior season at Dominguez, Hamilton says that everything is cleared up and he will be able to play. The problem arose when Hamilton started high school as a 13 year old and didn’t play in his freshman season. Because he’ll just be turning 18 in October, he’s been granted eligibility during what will be his fifth year of high school.
 
The confusion regarding his eligibility and his notoriety as a high level recruit has made Hamilton a bit of a target for some. It’s something that he does his best to not worry about.
 
“I don’t let it bother me. People are going to come in and see me in a Dominguez uniform and that’s what I think going to hurt a lot of people,” Hamilton told Phog.Net. “That goes with all the guys that are marked. It’s just something that you have to deal with.”
 
Aiming for an October decision, Hamilton says that he’s planning to visit all of the schools on his list officially and he’ll be looking to hear some brutal honesty from coaches, not what they think he wants to hear.
 
“Coaches tell you what you want to hear, obviously. I don’t want to hear that,” said Hamilton . “I want to hear if I’m going to come in and if I’m going to be a role player or  if I’m going to come in and start right away, that’s what I’m looking at.”

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