A month after securing a commitment from N.C. State transfer Rodney Purvis, Kevin Ollie has landed another big piece in his 2014 class.
Highly-touted shooting guard Daniel Hamilton committed to UConn Friday night, according to a tweet from FoxSports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels.
A lanky 6-foot-6 wing, Hamilton has a well-polished perimeter game, as evidenced by his 14.5 points, 7.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game this past season. He’s made rapid improvement in the past year, according to his Scout.com report, and is considered a top 30 prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN. He chose UConn over USC, UTEP, Louisville and others.
“Daniel was comfortable with Los Angeles native Kevin Ollie and the freedom he gives his perimeter players,” his AAU coach Dinos Trigonis told Scout.com. “Ollie’s NBA experience and connections were a plus too.”
Hamilton, who plays at St. John Bosco in Los Angeles, is the younger brother of Jordan Hamilton (Denver Nuggets) and Isaac Hamilton (incoming freshman at UTEP). Ollie also recruited Isaac Hamilton, considered one of the top scorers in the 2013 class.
“He recruited me and Isaac at Crenshaw,” Daniel Hamilton told ESPN’s Dave Telep. “When Isaac committed he never stopped. A lot of the coaches that recruited Isaac stopped recruiting me.
“It’s an up-and-coming program,” Hamilton continued. “Me and Coach Ollie have a great relationship. I knew him before he got the job there. It’s an opportunity for me to come in and step in and do some damage.”
When you couple his commitment with Purvis’ transfer, it appears Ollie has been able to work past the conference realignment dilemma to secure some serious talent. That’s a big deal for UConn.