Hamilton and I-Can were 1-1 entering the final game of pool play, and they were a game behind the Westchester Hawks, the team they faced. I-Can pulled out the 66-65 victory, in large part due to Hamilton's 28 points and six three-pointers. However, I-Can did so by holding the ball for nearly the final seven minutes of the game because team officials believed all they needed was to win the game to advance. They didn't know tiebreakers were based on point differential, and they needed to beat Westchester by eight to advance.
"That was tough," said Hamilton. "We thought we just needed to win the game, and we'd move on but that wasn't the case."
Hamilton still impressed. The five-star 2009 prospect averaged 27.7 points per game to lead all scorers in the 17-under division.
"I think I played great, but I can always do better," he said. "They said I averaged 27.7 points, but there is always room for improvement. I could have done a little more though because we did not win the tournament."
After the event, Hamilton planned on visiting NC State and North Carolina. Was he able to make the trips?
"I didn't make it to North Carolina, but I went to North Carolina State with my coach," he said. "It went great. I got a chance to meet coach Sidney Lowe. He's a great guy. He seems trustworthy, and he is nice. He seems like he could be a father figure for all of his players.
"It's a nice campus. It seems like a quiet environment and you can get a lot done there. It seems really family-oriented, and it's one big family over there."
NC State has been in hot pursuit of Hamilton. As a sophomore, he averaged 26 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, earning first-team all-city and first-team all-state honors. The 6-foot-8 wing is considered one of the top players at his position in the country.
"I've had NC State in mind because I've talked with them before Gibbons," said Hamilton. "It's a great school... it's definitely one of the top schools I'm looking at right now."
Hamilton already has four offers on the table, and others are likely on the way.
"I have offers from UCLA, Texas, NC State, Arizona," he said. "It is still kind of early, but I do like those colleges. I don't necessarily have a favorite right now, but I do like NC State. It's a great school with a great coach, and I'm looking forward to taking one of my five visits there when I can take an official visit."
Hamilton had already taken unofficial visits to USC and Arizona. Later this summer he will attend the Peach Jam and Rumble in the Bronx with his AAU team, and he will also attend the NIKE Camp and th NBA Players Camp.