Hamilton, a 6-3, 185-pounder, spent one year at Hargrave Military Academy before playing the 200-01 season for the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. Hamilton saw limited action in 2000-01, but did see action in 19 games, all as a reserve. He played in nine of 16 ACC regular season games, and averaged 6.4 minutes and 1.7 points per game. Hamilton sank four three-point field goals on the year.
"He is the best pure point guard I had in my four years at Hargrave," Marshall assistant coach (and former Hargrave coach) Kevin Keatts said. Hamilton came to Hargrave from Scott County (KY) High School.
According to various online sources, Hamilton has the ability to play both guard positions, and can provide a scoring threat from the point guard position but is also an outstanding passer. He has been called a fierce competitor by his high school coaches, and was considered a "sleeper" by the recruiting analysts coming out of Scott County High. Hamilton was reportedly a good student who earned Dean's List honors every grading period at Hargrave Academy.
"He was like another coach on the floor. He always made sure the ball got to the right place and I expect him to bring us a great deal of leadership at the point guard spot," Keatts added.
Hamilton will sit out the mandatory one year under NCAA rules, and will be eligible to play at the conclusion of the Fall 2001 semester in December.
Herd Insider has scheduled an exclusive interview with A.W. Hamilton on Friday, January 18, 2002. The Q&A will appear in next week's print issue of Herd Insider, and selected parts of the interview will appear here at www.GoHerd.com on our premium content section.