HoopsHype Jordan Hamilton rumors

August 29, 2011 Updates

So after Hamilton's 5-of-18 outing in a loss to Kansas State on Feb. 28, Barnes sat him down for another critique of one of his glaring weaknesses. "Sometimes I might not have thought about it when I was doing it, but on TV it looked so bad," said Hamilton, who averaged 18.6 points per game as a sophomore before Texas' season ended with a loss to No. 10 Kansas in the Big 12 Championship game. "I might make a hand gesture or put my hands in the air or make a face or something like that and people might look at it like it's me having a bad attitude. But for the most part, it's me getting on myself and I just want people to understand that too. I'm trying to change that [perception]. "It was an uncomfortable feeling [to watch]. It was just the two of us in a room. ...But at the end of the day, he wanted to teach me and he just wanted me to learn. I couldn't let it get to me, because that's something that has to change, especially coming into the NBA and being a rookie. There's going to be a short [leash] and I have to know that." SI.com

The Nuggets made it clear before the lockout that they envision him backing up Arron Afflalo as a shooting guard as opposed to playing small forward, so he's on his way toward a goal of dropping 15 pounds (from 230 as a sophomore to 215; he's currently 224) and is utilizing yoga to loosen the hips that were tight for most of last season. No one is paying him to work out, though, so Hamilton has become the latest player to consider finding a day job to help with the bills. "I have a neighbor who stays across the street from my parents house and he works at Big 5 [sporting goods store], so I was thinking about probably doing something like that and just going out and working every day," said Hamilton, who lives in a two-bedroom condo with Gary. "I haven't got paid and I'm not big on taking out loans, so I don't want to mess up my credit or have debt." SI.com

August 5, 2011 Updates
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Alex Kennedy: Brandon Jennings scored 81 points in a Long Beach charity game. Trevor Ariza, Dorrell Wright, Jordan Hamilton and Pooh Jeter also played. Brandon Jennings' 81 points is even more impressive when you consider that each quarter was only 10 minutes long. Twitter

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The Warriors will begin working out college players at their downtown Oakland practice facility, in preparation for the June 23 NBA draft. The first workouts are scheduled for Tuesday, with the following players expected to participate: Swingman Jordan Hamilton, Texas; guard Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall; forward Gary Johnson, Texas; forward Chris Singleton, Florida State; forward Mychel Thompson, Pepperdine; forward Chris Wright, Dayton. CSNBayArea.com

May 21, 2011 Updates
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True, but Hamilton's improvement came as a result of not worrying about how many points he was going to rack up. "I think he realized, 'I can bring a lot more to the table than just scoring the ball,' " Springmann said. "And we told him that he was short-changing himself if he didn't realize how many ways he could actually affect a game. If you just rely on shooting the ball, when happens on a night when you're not scoring? How are you going to impact the game? For him, he can see the floor, he can pass the ball, he's a rebounder; he's not relying strictly on jump shots. He can score in the post. He's a strong kid, stronger than some people realize. "I think he's got tremendous upside. He's got a chance to be very, very good." NBA.com

April 21, 2011 Updates

Jordan Hamilton, Texas’ leading scorer, also is deliberating between coming back to Texas or going pro. Some mock drafts in the Internet indicate that Thompson could be selected in the middle of the first round. statesman.com

April 18, 2011 Updates

Some teams have Texas forward Jordan Hamilton listed as a two guard prospect, but most of the personnel types I spoke with said that Hamilton will have to be a small forward in the pros. Hamilton is a big-time scorer who has alternately attracted and repelled NBA people. He's a scorer, but that might not be enough. "He ain't guarding twos," a Southeast Division scout said of the 20-year-old Hamilton, who is expected to put his name into the Draft this week along with teammate Tristan Thompson, a solid power forward prospect. "Away from the floor, (Hamilton) is going to get exposed. I like his talent, but he's a uniquely selfish player. He scares the (bleep) out of me." NBA.com

April 16, 2011 Updates
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The questions keep coming, from the regular season and the tournament, about the questionable focus of Jordan Hamilton. One scout rates the Texas small forward a risky pick despite obvious offensive skills, while an executive from another team said, "You don't know where his head is all the time." An athlete who can score like Hamilton and has range on his jumper would usually be a lock for the lottery, especially in a weak Draft, but he continues to give the NBA reasons for concern. He needs to play with great intensity at workouts. NBA.com

April 5, 2011 Updates

The questions keep coming, from the regular season and the tournament, about the questionable focus of Jordan Hamilton. One scout rates the Texas small forward a risky pick despite obvious offensive skills, while an executive from another team said, "You don't know where his head is all the time." An athlete who can score like Hamilton and has range on his jumper would usually be a lock for the lottery, especially in a weak Draft, but he continues to give the NBA reasons for concern. He needs to play with great intensity at workouts. NBA.com

April 1, 2011 Updates
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Texas teammates and potential first-round picks Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton each said Saturday that they would return to Austin instead of declaring for the NBA draft. While welcome news to Longhorns fans thinking about a potential national title run in 2012, recent history is littered with players who declared that loyalty only to change their minds later. Among those: former UT star Kevin Durant. Dallas Morning News

“I’m coming back for another year. I’m coming back for another year,” Thompson said. No ifs, ands or buts? “I’m coming back for another year,” Thompson said. “I’ve already signed up for summer classes, so I got to be going to school there.” Dallas Morning News

The suggestion for talented college underclassmen is to keep up with current events, and some of the top players say they’re doing just that. “If I have what it takes to go the pros, the collective bargaining could be a factor,” Thompson said. “But I love being a college student. So it would be kind of hard for me to leave.” That response led to more pointed questions, and Thompson said he’ll return to Austin. He said he already had arranged his summer school classes, and he’s excited about the prospect of playing with Texas point guard recruit and former high school teammate Myck Kabongo. Kansas City Star

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