Daniel Hamilton excited about UConn, Kevin Ollie and cold weather

UConn recruit Daniel Hamilton is enjoying the cold weather in New York City this week preparing for the Jordan Brand Classic, which is at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 6-foot-7 guard, from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., committed to UConn last May and signed a financial-aid agreement in November, but has not signed a letter of intent.

“I’m going to talk him (coach Kevin Ollie) and then have a sit down with my family and go from there,” said Hamilton, after practice with the West team Wednesday at Basketball City. “It’s permanent, most definite I’m going to go to UConn, 100 percent.”

Despite some rumblings about the NBA looking at Ollie, Hamilton is comfortable that he will be his coach next season.

“I’ve heard rumors … but I don’t think (coach Ollie) is going anywhere anytime soon,” he said.

Hamilton said he enjoyed the Huskies run to their fourth national championship, but it didn’t factor in his decision to come to Connecticut.

“I always wanted to go, that didn’t make a difference if they won a championship or not,” he said. “I always wanted to be there regardless if they won a championship.”

As for how he will fit in with the Huskies, Hamilton views himself as versatile.

“I can fit right in playing the 2 and the 3,” he said.

More coming later on Hamilton.

William Paxton