Hamilton's stock went up and down through the draft process, peaking after a strong workout for Charlotte where he shot the ball incredibly well and dipping after a poor workout against San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard.
Now, Hamilton joins a loaded roster fresh off its first NBA Championship, and gets to stay in the same state where he played college ball.
Hamilton played a similar role to the one he'll start off at in the pros as a freshman, supplying bursts of scoring off the bench. He became a full-time starter as a sophomore, and one of the league's top scorers and overall players. For his efforts, he was named a USBWA and NABC second-team All-American, leading Texas in scoring with 18.6 points per game and grabbing 7.7 boards per contest. He had eight double-doubles this season, and finished the second year of his career by topping the 1,000-point career scoring mark.
Hamilton was the fifth Big 12 player drafted, behind teammate Tristan Thompson, Colorado's Alec Burks and Kansas twins Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris. It marks the second consecutive year that the Longhorns had two players selected in the first round. Last year, Damion James and Avery Bradley both went in the first.
In the last 12 years, Texas has produced nine first-round selections.