Saturday, May 11, 2013
2014 Hamilton joins Purvis at Connecticut
By Nic Reiner
Shooting guard Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Ca./St. John Bosco), No. 27 in the class of 2014, committed to Connecticut last night.
This is important for two reasons. For one, many thought his recruitment was a done deal when his brother, Isaac, a shooting guard ranked No. 32 in the class of 2013, committed to UTEP this year. In fact, reports say that many schools either stopped recruiting him hard or chasing him altogether when Isaac committed to UTEP, in large part because of his family's long-standing friendship with the UTEP staff. Coach Kevin Ollie was clearly unslowed by that news and his persistence ended up paying off. (Our Dave Telep alludes to the fact that the younger Hamilton had a solid, ingrained relationship with a member of the UConn coaching staff.)
Second, the 6-foot-6 Hamilton is the first member of the 2014 recruiting class, though he is not the first Husky that will be eligible in 2014. Rodney Purvis, the talented NC State transfer, will also man the backcourt with Hamilton after sitting out a year. Kevin Ollie's team should be coming off a strong 2013-14 season when this pair suits up together in Storrs the following year. Hamilton's length, ability to score, and knack for feeding his teammates will be a key part of the Huskies' success in the future.
Playing at a different school will also be an unusual exercise for Hamilton, as he's always played alongside his brother.