LSU received more good news on Thursday when it received and the LSU compliance office approved the signed scholarship papers of transfer center Justin Hamilton, who has played the last two seasons at Iowa State University.
Hamilton signed the Southeastern Conference Financial Aid agreement for the coming year at LSU. He does not sign a national letter of intent as he is a transfer from a four-year institution.
Hamilton is 6-11, 260-pounds from Alpine, Utah. Under the NCAA Division I transfer rules, he will sit out competition but be able to practice with the 2010-11 Tigers and have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2011-12.
“Big true centers are hard to find in college basketball” said LSU Coach Trent Johnson. “He is battle-tested for two years at Iowa State against the best in the Big 12. We fully expect him to have the same impact that Malcolm White is going to have on our program after sitting out this coming year. Justin is a great kid and he will fit in with what we are trying to accomplish with our basketball program.”
Last season for Iowa State, Hamilton started 31 games at center, leading the team in field goal percentage at 61.7 percent (74-120). He also averaged 6.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, and led the Big 12 in conference game offensive rebounds, averaging 3.7 a game.
As a freshman in 2008-09, Hamilton averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds, starting 18 games. He hit 57-of-100 shots in his first year.
Hamilton joins K. C. Ross-Miller of God’s Academy in Dallas, Texas, whose national letter of intent papers were announced earlier on Thursday by LSU and the four fall signees: Jackson, Miss., guard Andre Stringer (Forest Park High School) and forward Jalen Courtney (Provine High School); Muscle Shoals, Ala., guard Ralston Turner (Muscle Shoals High School); and, Metairie, La., forward Matt Derenbecker (Metairie Park Country Day).