Talented Hamilton expected to go early

Nick Cremona

After two years, it is finally time for Jordan Hamilton to part ways with Austin. The 6-foot-8 combo guard came in as a supremely raw talent, oozing with potential. His first year as a Longhorn was shaky, highlighted by ridiculous scoring bursts that consisted of an equally ridiculous shot selection at times.

However, the Compton, California native underwent a transformation of sorts in his second year on campus, averaging nearly 19 points a game while pulling down almost eight rebounds a game as well. The sharpshooter also bettered his three-point field goal percentage to 44 percent, something NBA scouts took note of.

Shooting has always been Hamilton’s strength, but during his sophomore campaign he was also able to work on being more involved in other aspects of the game, particularly defense and rebounding, and that is why he is departing Austin for the next step in his career.

Several mock draft boards have Hamilton going within the top 20 picks in the draft, and that seems about right for a guy who is going to make an immediate impact on an NBA roster. Look for Hamilton to possibly go as early as No. 11 to the Golden State Warriors and, if not, he should come off the board soon thereafter.