UConn got the news it was hoping for about midnight Friday. Daniel Hamilton, a top-shelf recruit in the Class of 2014, made public his intention to join the Huskies. He told Eric Bossi and Jerry Meyer following his AAU game in Dallas, and then tweeted his commitment.
“Ya boy, just committed to Connecticut,” Hamilton tweeted at 12:06 a.m. Eastern Time. “#huskyguard can’t wait.”
Hamilton, a 6-foot-7, 175-pound swingman, is considered an elite recruit, ranked 27th in his class by ESPN. He played at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif., where he averaged 14.5 points, 7.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. He figures to fit perfectly into the small forward spot.
“Congrats to my little bro [Hamilton] committing to UConn,” tweeted DeAndre Daniels, who is also from the Los Angeles area.
UConn coaches cannot comment on a recruit until he signs his letter of intent, and that cannot come until November.
Hamilton’s brother, Jordan, plays in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets and was also recruited by UConn, but eventually chose Texas. His other brother, Isaac, plays at Texas-El Paso. Daniel Hamilton visited Storrs with his parents last weekend and program insiders felt good about the visit, anticipating he might make a quick decision.
He arrived in Dallas with his AAU team to play in the Nike EYBL tournament Friday and told reporters after his game he was going to UConn.
Hamilton will join guard Rodney Purvis, who transferred from NC State and will be eligible to play in 2014-15, to give the Huskies two very highly regarded players to form the core of the team with much of the current team finishing eligibility or expected to depart after next season.
For coach Kevin Ollie, who grew up in Los Angeles, it’s a break-through in that area as a recruiting base. All in all – a big night for the UConn program.