UKmadness 2009 rankings, #15
Posted by ibleedblue040 on June 21, 2008
#15, Jordan Hamilton – Considering Texas, Kansas, UCONN, USC
– The best part of Jordan Hamilton’s game has to be his overall scoring ability. Hamilton is a very good overall shooter and can score in many different ways on the court. Hamilton is very good at scoring in bunches as well, he is currently second in scoring at the NBA Players Camp in Virginia, which hosts the top 100 players in the nation. Hamilton is a big strong kid that can get in the lane is a very good finisher as well. At 6’7″ he has the size to take his time while shooting and is a very good shooter. Hamilton might be the most physical guard/forward in the nation as well, he is 6’7″ 210 lbs. and just bullies smaller opponents around the court, a skill that will come in handy in the college game that he will be playing in a couple years.
– Hamilton also has the god given skill of being tall for his position. Hamilton actually is not just tall, he is big as well. Hamilton, as I mentioned before, has an imposing figure for his position, he might be the only 6’7″ 210 lbs. two-guard you will see in the 2009 class. Hamilton takes full advantage of his size as well, bullying players around on his way to the basket (As I mentioned earlier…again) and scoring in the post. Hamilton wil most likely play shooting guard in college so learning how to score from all areas on the court is a very good thing that will help him out in the long run.
– The main thing that Jordan Hamilton is going to have to improve upon is his ballhandling. As I stated earlier, he will most likely play shooting guard in college, although he is a small forward now and with that transition he is going to have to learn how to handle the ball better. Mainly because shooting guards are much better on ball defenders most of the time than small forwards and they can strip the ball easier because they are lower to the ground. Hamilton can get away with this flaw now because he is physically overpowering to most players he faces but as he gets older and plays against bigger, more mature players that gap will become smaller and smaller and his flaws will be revealed if they are not fixed.
The player that I would compare Jordan Hamilton to is Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson. Like Johnson, Hamilton is bigger than most of his defenders, both players are 6’7″ and over 210 lbs. Johnson is definitely bigger and stronger but you must take into account the fact that he is about 10 years older than Hamilton. Both players have the ability to score in bunches and have very well rounded offensive packages. I would say Hamilton is not as good off the dribble as Johnson but with some instruction that can be cleared up. In my opinion Hamilton has the ability and tools to become better than Johnson is right now, and Johnson is an all-star.