Hamilton, the younger brother of Denver Nuggets guard Jordan Hamilton, UTEP-bound guard Isaac Hamilton and former Miami Hurricanes player Gary Hamilton, will be an excellent fit for UConn's style of play and is reminiscent of former Huskies winger Jeremy Lamb because of their similar midrange games.
ESPN 60 SG Daniel Hamilton committed to UConn and fits the Huskies' history of talented wing scorers.
Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 175 pounds, Hamilton is a long wing player with a smooth midrange scoring package, as he can create off the bounce and elevate into his pull-up jumper anywhere inside the 3-point arc. He can also get to the rim and use his length to score over smaller defenders or his athleticism to slither between or around rim protectors.
Hamilton is a good ball handler and passer. His feel for the game and ability to deliver the ball to open teammates is a great asset to his offensive arsenal. He can rebound and push the pace on the break, applying immediate pressure to opponents' transition defense, and is a threat to take it coast to coast if not brought under control.
Coach Kevin Ollie has landed a player who will instantly improve the UConn fast break as soon as he steps on campus in the fall of 2014. Hamilton will give the Huskies a scoring winger they can run isolations or quick-hitting sets for, or he can be a recipient of kickout or drop-off passes. He can score in a variety of ways inside the arc and can hit the open 3 when his feet are set and when the defender backs away because of his ability to make a move off the bounce with a good first step.
On defense, Hamilton has the ability to defend both wing positions and will easily be able to switch in the Huskies' pressure man-to-man defense. Ollie and his staff will teach Hamilton how to use his length to defend and contest shots without getting beat off the dribble.
Hamilton fits the long list of successful UConn wingers like Lamb, Richard Hamilton and Ray Allen. Don't be surprised to see Daniel Hamilton reach a similar level of success with added strength and continued development.