Hamilton's decision shakes things up
November, 16, 2012
By Joel Francisco | ESPN.com
ESPN 100 No. 25 Isaac Hamilton, the multiskilled combination guard out of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, shocked the recruiting world when he cast his lot with Tim Floyd and the UTEP Miners on Friday on ESPNU's "Signing Day Special." Most pundits thought he was headed to either UCLA or UNLV, but there is one critical aspect that can never be underestimated -- the rapport between coach and recruit.
Floyd had a distinct advantage over the other coaches because he already had built a bond with the Hamilton family in seasons past, dating back to the 1980s, when Floyd was an assistant coach at UTEP. Floyd recruited Isaac’s uncle Kevin Hamilton back then, and from there the seed was planted with the Hamilton family. Decades later that relationship was rekindled with Floyd’s recruitment of Isaac’s older brother Jordan while Floyd was at USC. Not surprisingly that previous connection would ultimately be the catalyst for Floyd landing Isaac.
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