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Simeon's Kendrick Nunn spins around Thomas Hamilton of Young. Patrick Gleason ~ For the Sun-Times
Most of them won’t want to admit it now, but three years ago there were more than a few talent evaluators that believed Tommy Hamilton Jr. was a more promising college basketball recruit than Simeon’s Jabari Parker.
Hamilton, the son of former King star and NBA player Thomas Hamilton, has always had the size and skills to make college coaches drool. That potential is likely what DePaul coach Oliver Purnell has in mind. Hamilton signed a letter of intent with the Blue Demons on Monday.
Hamilton, a 6-9 forward, played at Young his first three seasons before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. He was also seriously considering Bradley.
"It was pretty good [at IMG]," Hamilton said. "We played against a lot of junior colleges. It was great to play at that fast pace. I didn’t miss a game.”
According to his mother LaTanya Floyd, Hamilton weighed 323 pounds when he left Young for Florida. He checks in at 268 pounds right now.
"He was healthy the whole season," Floyd said. "That comes with consistent workouts and eating well. I think he matured a lot this year."
Hamilton is the fifth member of DePaul’s 2013 recruiting class, joining Morgan Park’s Billy Garrett Jr.; Greg Sequele, a 6-9 forward from California; 6-10 Forrest Robinson from Levelland, Texas and 6-4 shooting guard RJ Curington from Oak Hill.