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Prospect Profile

Justin Hamilton

  • Full Name: Justin Hamilton
  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 7-0 / 260
  • Birthdate: April 1, 1990
  • College: LSU
Philadelphia 76ers (Traded to Miami Heat) Round 2: Pick 45

*Inside-outside offensive game
*Moves well
*Effective high-post passer
*Good free-throw shooter

*Has to get stronger
*Needs to become more consistent

NBA projection:
Hamilton is in that second round- to undrafted category, but he has three things in his favor as he seeks to gain employment with an NBA team. One, he’s huge and mobile. That’s a rare combination. Two, he’s intelligent. Three, he’s not afraid to put in the time necessary to improve. He still has to get stronger and more assertive, but over the course of meeting with and working out for NBA teams, he’s likely to find a fan or two, just like former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson did a year ago when he hooked on with the New York Knicks.

2011-12 Season:
Hamilton played just one season at LSU after transferring from Iowa State. It was expected that former LSU coach Trent Johnson could take advantage of Hamilton’s inside-outside skills, and he did just that; after two consecutive 20-loss seasons, the Tigers rebounded to 18-15 and a spot in the NIT. Hamilton earned second-team All-SEC honors while leading the Tigers in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. Though he had one more season of eligibility remaining, Hamilton chose to pursue professional playing opportunities because he’s graduating and also getting married in the summer.

Key statistics:
12.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.9 apg, 1.7 tpg, 1.3 bpg, 30.0 mpg, .617 FG, .250 3PT, .781 FT

Cool statistic:
Hamilton finished 14th in the Southeastern Conference in scoring, ninth in rebounding, eighth in free throw percentage (78.1 percent, 107-137); ninth in blocked shots (1.3 bpg); and second in offensive rebounds (3.3 orpg).

Reminds me of:
Jeff Foster

What Insiders Say:
Former LSU coach Trent Johnson
“When he was at Iowa State, he rebounded and set a lot of screens. He wasn’t the focal point of the offense going through him. That’s no disrespect for their system. I have the utmost respect for coach McDermott. But Justin knew coming here we were going to go through him.
“For the first time in his basketball career, he was going to be asked to score, and feed from the post. Defensively, on the back line, he was a guy we could build our defense around, not just from the standpoint of blocking shots but as a guy who can take charges.”

What Outsiders Say:
Iowa State assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger
“He’s got a very interesting story. I still think he’s developing. You still know there’s some left in there. I’ve always thought that someday he could play in the NBA because of his size and character.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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