The Connecticut Huskies have received an absolutely huge commitment in the 2014 recruiting class today, as five-star St. John Bosco small forward Daniel Hamilton decided to give his pledge to Kevin Ollie and the UConn Huskies over the Baylor Bears and USC Trojans. Hamilton took an official visit to Storrs last week, and Hamilton decided to pull the trigger and pick Connecticut over other major offers. The 247Sports Crystal Ball feature had one expert picking the Baylor Bears (Sean Ceglinsky), while Gerry Hamilton tabbed the in-state USC Trojans to pick up the local product.
Hamilton chose UConn over other major offers from the Colorado Buffaloes, Arizona Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, Marquette Golden Eagles, San Diego State Aztecs, Washington Huskies, and UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. These are some of the biggest hoops schools in the country, but UConn is also up there with the best of them.
UConn was one of the most likely landing spots for Hamilton, and they were the only school to host Isaac Hamilton’s brother on an official visit. Initially expected to be a package deal, Daniel, like Isaac, had offers from Washington and UTEP. Isaac surprisingly chose to sign with UTEP over Washington, while Daniel has now made a decision for himself and is a member of the Connecticut Huskies 2014 class. Hamilton is UConn’s first commitment in the 2014 class, but they are among the favorites for a few other prestigious prospects- I could definitely see them landing Chris McCullough.
Hamilton reportedly had an amazing official visit to UConn, and that’s what put the Huskies program over the top. The five-star SF is 6’7″, 190 pounds and is one of the top three recruits in the state of California. A huge catch out west for Ollie and the Huskies, Hamilton is one of the top 25 prospects in the country nationally and is ranked by the 247Composite as the 8th-best small forward in the nation.
Excellent at basically everything (scoring, passing, rebounding, defense, and shooting), the athletic SF can also play at PF or SG due to his ridiculous versatility. Hamilton is an absolutely incredible, top 25 get for the Huskies, and they are starting off their 2014 class with a bang in the form of a five-star recruit on the other side of the country. Whatever happened during his visit last week, it sure must have been incredible. Consider this a huge get for Kevin Ollie, and we’ll see if Daniel can follow his other older brother Jordan’s footsteps with a great college career and a trip to the pros. Like incoming UConn SG transfer Rodney Purvis, Hamilton certainly has pro potential as a five-star guy.