I caught up with 6-foot-6 swingman Daniel Hamilton, the first recruit in UConn’s 2014 class. Some highlights:
*On deciding so early: “I already knew what school I was going to go to. A lot of coaches will call you and text you and I just wanted to get it over with early and be free.”
*On relationship with Kevin Ollie: “I’ve known him since about 9th grade at Crenshaw, that’s when he first started recruiting me and (my brother) Isaac. He just continued to key in on me even though Isaac committed (to UTEP), he continued to recruit me.”
“Ollie is a well-known guy, a lot of people knew him (at Crenshaw) and a lot of people looked up to him.”
*On his decision: ” I told (Ollie) the day I got home from my visit. I got home on Sunday, but Monday I told him I was going to call him. I thought about it on the plane, talked it over with my parents and I called him and told him I was coming. I waited until Friday to tell the media.”
*On playing weaker competition in AAC: “At the end of the day UConn is going to end up playing some big-time schools non conference. Once you get to the NCAA tournament, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing against, you have to go out and perform.”
Other schools heavily recruiting Hamilton included Texas El-Paso (his brother, Isaac, is an incoming freshman), Colorado, USC, Arizona and Arizona State. He”s rated as a top 30 prospect in the 2014 class.