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Elite ’14 scorer Daniel Hamilton pledges UConn

Daniel Hamilton (photo credit: adidas)
Daniel Hamilton (photo credit: adidas)

Shortly after leading ICP Portland to a thrilling upset victory over the loaded Mac Irvin Fire, 6′-7″ Daniel Hamilton of St. John Bosco (CA) told Eric Bossi of Rivals that he verbally committed to the Connecticut Huskies. Hamilton starred in the win, with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Hamilton is an elite prospect on the wing, and recently tripped to UConn. He is a candidate for being a top-10 prospect in the 2014 class nationally, and has tremendous bloodlines with his older brother Isaac Hamilton an incoming freshman at UTEP, and two other older brothers that starred at the college level in Jordan Hamilton and Gary Hamilton.

Several writers in the SoCal region that have seen all of the brothers play believe that Daniel Hamilton may have the largest upside of the lot.

With tremendous length, a savvy feel for the game, and a knack for scoring at all three levels, Hamilton is a dynamic wing prospect with the capability to fill a box score so fast in can make observer’s heads spin.

Hamilton is the first elite recruit that head coach Kevin Ollie has landed since becoming head coach at UConn last season. Ollie played at Crenshaw (CA), and Hamilton played their early on in high school as well.

Hamilton normally runs with Belmont Shore on the grassroots basketball circuit, which also formerly had current Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels as a member.

Ollie has a terrific recruit to start his 2014 recruiting class with, as Hamilton has all the signs of being a tremendous college player.

About Kellon Hassenstab

Kellon Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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