Hamilton Ready to Hit the Court

Jordan Hamilton will be back on the court in mid-April after not playing as a high school senior in California. The future Longhorn wing will be playing in the Jordan Brand Classic teaming up with future teammate Avery Bradley in a game that will be televised on ESPN2. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Hamilton to discuss his year and his plans for going to the Forty Acres.

Texas signee Jordan Hamilton will be back on the court April 18 playing in the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden. The game will be the first official game for the Los Angeles area star after being ruled ineligible as a senior by the state of California.

Needless to say, the #13 prospect in the 2009 class is very excited about the opportunity to play in the prestigious game to end his high school career.

"I'm excited about playing in the Jordan Classic," Hamilton said. "Right now, I'm real hungry. I've got to show everybody I'm still one of the top players in the class even though I didn't get to play this year. I think it's an honor that I was selected to the game even though I didn't play this year for my high school."

The season was a tough one for Hamilton watching from the sidelines and wondering if he would eventually be ruled eligible. While many young players or persons would build up a negative chip on their shoulder, Hamilton has turned a tough situation into a positive and a life experience.

"Definitely, mentally it's been a good thing for me. I feel like I went through a life experience that will make me better. I feel like I had the chance to mature off the court and in my mind this year. I've watched a lot of Big 12, Big East and other college basketball and learned as much as I can to prepare for next year at Texas," Hamilton said.

The Jordan Classic will be a second chance to team up with future teammate Avery Bradley. In last summer's Global Challenge, Hamilton and Bradley formed a formidable duo connecting on a number of youtube highlight video plays. Hamilton is looking forward to teaming up with Bradley for a second time.

"I think it's going to be great to play with Avery again. We played together in the Global Challenge in Portland last summer and we played well together. I think Avery is a great player and I'm just honored to be in the game," Hamilton said.

When Hamilton does hit the court in less than three weeks, Texas fans will see a taller and stronger version of the five-star prospect. Hamilton says he has grown a half-inch or more from when he committed at 6-7.

"I've grown a little bit. I'm between 6-7.5 and 6-8 now and I weighed 233 pounds the other day. People have told me I've grown," Hamilton said.

Hamilton, who is planning to be in Austin for the first summer school session, says he's confident he can bring the Longhorns much needed scoring pop on the perimeter.

"I think I can help the team with scoring. Texas needs a guy to put the ball in the rack with A.J. leaving and maybe Damion. I think I can do that and am looking forward to the future," Hamilton said.

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