Apologies if this has been posted. Sounds like it could get ugly though...
Isaac Hamilton, the No. 14 player in the country in the Class of 2013 according to Rivals, has asked out of his Letter of Intent.
Because instead of enrolling at UTEP this fall, Hamilton reportedly wants to play at USC.
As Raphielle Johnson wrote yesterday, this is yet another reminder of why it’s silly for an elite recruit to sign a letter of intent. And rest assured, Hamilton is an elite recruit, particularly when it comes to UTEP, who plays in a Conference USA that will become even more watered down next season when Memphis leaves for the AAC.
But it’s also an example of precisely why the Letter of Intent was created in the first place.
Floyd did the recruiting dirty work to earn Hamilton’s commitment. He built the 2013-2014 season around the idea that he would be bringing in this five-star, top 15 wing, and he scheduled his recruiting efforts in April and through two weeks in July with the notion that the Miners’ shooting guard spot would be set for at least one year.
And now, all of a sudden, Hamilton wants out.
If I were Tim Floyd, I’d be pissed, too.
And if I were Tim Floyd, I’d probably do everything I can to avoid having to release Hamilton. I’m vindictive and I would take pleasure is getting some measure of revenge.
But that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing for Floyd to do, either. He looks like a bitter ex-boyfriend that just got dumped, and in retaliation went and keyed his name into his ex’s car and slashed her tires. That may feel good in the moment, but it’s not exactly the best way to convince future recruits to enroll. Hamilton’s plan to try and win his appeal with the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee is to make public the fact that he’s transferring closer to home to be with his sick grandmother. He texted SNY.tv “Right now I’m not really looking into schools. Just been out here taking care of my grandma.”
That’s happening as Floyd trashes him in the media while columns like this get written about how wrong the NLI is and why it’s so wrong for Floyd to take his vengeance out on Hamilton.
There’s literally nothing positive that can come out of the decision to withhold Hamilton’s release.
Keno Davis did it back in 2010 to Joseph Young when Young wanted to go to Houston after signing an NLI with Providence. Davis last three years with the Friars before getting axed.
Let it go, Tim.
Your program will be better off.
Although its might be easy to say just let him go, I imagine Floyd hasn't recruited another shooting guard or at least not one of us caliber. Now Floyd's team takes a hit a big one if Hamilton is as GooD as advertised. So his teams record will take a hit then your job security is also possibly an issue as a result.
Family first and all that but its a tough position to be as a coach. At the same time the kid was probs only about 16 or so at the time of signing which is young foradecision f that magnitude and of course circstaces are apt to change
well thats the point. Floyd said he will NOT release him because he has scheduled games, based his recruiting, and sold season tickets all contingent on Issac being there. He says if Issac wants out he will have to appeal. Its just crazy because Floyd has a history with the Hamilton's and thats supposedly the main reason Issac chose UTEP over USC was because of Floyd's presence. Now he wants to go to USC.
I was interested in seeing how both he and Keith Frazier would play with less talented teams as McDonald's All-Americans.
This provides an excellent lesson on how real life works for Hamilton. He signed the contract, now, like in real life, he has to abide by said contract. Just because he's an athlete, that doesn't make him special.
Always read the fine print before you sign, kids.
I guess Katin Reinhardt will never get to play point guard.