CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jairus Hamilton is quick and explosive, with quick hands. He plays like a guard who just happens to be 6-foot-8.
He showed plenty of energy Thursday at the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp here, hitting shots in transition and disrupting plays on defense. Hamilton, who was a second-team ALL-USA North Carolina forward this past season as a sophomore at Cannon (Concord), came into the most recent recruiting period with a handful of offers, mostly from nearby ACC schools, but his recruitment has picked up since.
“I have a lot of offers recently: Miami (a couple of weeks ago), plus N.C. State and Stanford yesterday, but really I’m just trying to stay focused on getting better,” Hamilton said. “I come out here to show I have the tools to play great basketball. There’s still stuff I want to work on, but it feels good to be out here with new talent.”
Hamilton comes from an athletic family. His older brother Jared will be a sophomore at Jacksonville State next season. His father Bill played for DePaul.
He said he was particularly thrilled to get the N.C. State offer.
“I was very surprised and happy,” Hamilton said. “It’s a great school and close to my home. Coach (Mark) Gottfried called me up and told me he was offering, so that was a blessing to receive. I had a couple of friends who went there a while back. I know it’s a good program with great people.”