** Traded to Denver on Draft night
* Can score in variety of ways
* Good rebounder
* Good passer
* Needs to continue to work on defense
In a draft that isn't very top heavy, Hamilton will slide into the middle of the first round. He's already got NBA-level scoring ability. If he can work on his defensive skills while continuing to show his offensive versatility, he's got a chance to work into a rotation right away.
Hamilton elevated his game several notches from his freshman season by maturing, letting the game come to him and vastly improving his shot selection. The results were impressive: He earned All-American recognition, including second team by the NABC and the USBWA and third team by the Associated Press. He was first-team All-Big 12. Hamilton led Texas in scoring and was second in rebounding, double-doubles (eight) and minutes played.
18.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.1 tpg, 0.8 spg, 32.2 mpg, .440 FG, .385 3PT, .779 FT
Hamilton didn't fatten up his averages against weak non-conference competition. In fact, he was at his best against ranked opponents: 25 points and seven rebounds against Illinois, 28 points and eight boards against Pittsburgh, 24 and 10 against North Carolina, 20 and 11 against Connecticut.
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What Insiders Say:
Texas coach Rick Barnes
"At the end of last year, you have to really respect Jordan for the fact that I thought he really honestly sat down and had a real good evaluation of himself. He realized there was a lot that he needed to learn. I think he realized that coming in he made some mistakes, not doing it on purpose, but just being young and a little naive, probably, to the game.
"The fact that he went around and told each one of his teammates that he was sorry with the way things went, but he wanted a new start. He was going to prove to them that he was going to be a great teammate. He's done that. He's worked hard. He's really tried to work hard at the game. And personally I've enjoyed watching him grow more so away from basketball than anything, because he's a wonderful person. He really cares. He's got a great personality.
"I've told him before that basketball can be important, but it can't be the most important thing in his life. He has to make sure that when he's on the court he's doing things the way they should be, and he's worked at it. Everything that's happened for him this year and our team is the fact that they've been very unselfish. They've played together, and they've continued to work."
What Outsiders Say:
Kansas coach Bill Self
"They're posting him a lot. A big part of their offense is him posting off their action."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2009-10, 58-for-159 (.365); 2010-11, 90-for-234 (.385). Totals: 148-for-393 (.377).|