When Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco forward Daniel Hamilton signed a grant-in-aid with Connecticut over the winter, rather than signing a National Letter of Intent, there were rumblings that the move was made to keep Hamilton's options open in the event that he would like to change his commitment to a different school at a later date in time.
A grant-in-aid, for those who don't know, binds the school but not the player to honor the scholarship, unlike a National Letter of Intent, which binds the player to the school.
On Saturday, when we spoke with Hamilton, there wasn't much light to shed on the situation.
At one point, when asked whether he intends to look around at any other schools, or if he's done to Connecticut, he said, "No, not at all, I just want to stay committed to UConn 100%."
Later, though, when asked if his brother, UCLA shooting guard Isaac Hamilton, was recruiting him to flip to UCLA, he had this to say: "No, not at all. He just wants me to make the best decision for myself," which, naturally, would imply that a decision has yet to be made.
Hamilton was spotted at UCLA two weeks ago for the home series against the Bay Area schools, and he says that he goes up to Westwood often to work out with his brother.
The five-star didn't have a great showing at Nike Extravaganza on Saturday, forcing up several shots and not looking like he was in sync with his offense.
"I think I need to be a better leader," Hamilton said. "I need to lead my team better than this. I don't think we should have lost this many games, as talented as we are."
Hamilton was also snubbed by the McDonald's All-American Game last week when they announced the rosters. He said it hasn't changed his game, but has made him a bit more focused.
"I'm not trying to prove a point," Hamilton said. "My saying is that I can't worry about what I can't control. I can't worry about it, I just have to move forward and get better. Most definitely, it's motivation, because I think I did get snubbed."
Hamilton said he didn't yet know when he'd enroll at Connecticut, and said that the coaches there have not talked to him about it yet.
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