Hamilton, Cassell Jr. sign “agreements” with UConn

UConn announced Thursday night that Sam Cassell, Jr. and Daniel Hamilton have signed agreements to attend UConn beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. UConn added after the game that Cassell had submitted a Letter of Intent while Hamilton’s agreement is for finacial aid, meaning he can still de-commit without penalty.

“I’m very pleased and excited to have these two young men joining our basketball program,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said, in a press release prior to Thursday game against Boston College at MSG. “They are excellent players and more importantly, high-character people. I expect both Sam and Daniel to do great things at the University of Connecticut.”

Cassell, a 6-4, 195-pound guard out of Baltimore, is the son of 15-year NBA player Sam Cassell, who is currently and assistant coach with the Washington Wizards. The elder Cassell was teammates with Ollie on the 2002-03 Milwaukee Bucks. Cassell is playing this season at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla.

“Sam is just an outstanding guard who can do a number of different things on the basketball court,” Ollie said. “He brings a level of maturity after two years in junior college. He’ll be a great addition to our team, especially with his experience.”

Hamilton, a 6-7 guard/forward from Los Angeles, also has family ties to the NBA with older brother Jordan currently playing for the Denver Nuggets. Hamilton is a senior at St. John Bosco High in Los Angeles. He is ranked among the top 25 players in the country by most recruiting services. Last season, he averaged 14.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 7.1 assists for Bosco. His older brother, Isaac, is at UCLA, but not playing this season.

“Daniel is just full of versatility,” Ollie said. “He’s 6-7 and can do everything. He can play 1, 2, 3 and 4 …just an exceptional basketball player.  It’s always great to have a West Coast guy come to the East Coast.”

William Paxton