5 - Daniel Hamilton

6-7, 200 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
uconn.gif UConn Sophomore
08/08/95 (24.3 yrs)
Los Angeles, CA
High School
Saint John Bosco
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Julius Hodge

Strengths: Extremely versatile wing player with good size…Hamilton averaged 9 RPG last season as a perimeter player, so he’s very tenacious in crashing the glass…Very willing passer with excellent vision for a player his size.  Hamilton averaged nearly 5 APG and was the set-up man on several alley-oops throughout the year as he drew defenders while driving to the basket, then fed the cutting big man on the baseline … Great finisher and creator in transition…Great size (6’7") for a perimeter player, especially a potential shooting guard, and solid length (6’9") wingspan which gives him some potential as a defender … He’s not great at getting to the rim, but he has an arsenal of floaters and turnaround jumpers that, combined with his size, allow him to score in the lane … Excellent FT shooter at 86%…Solid ball-handling at 6’7"… Streaky outside shooter who has the potential to become a very solid threat from behind the arc … Great feel for the game.  Hamilton is an instinctive scorer and passer and this will help him transition to the NBA more smoothly … Really hustles for rebounds and loose balls.  In most facets of the game, Hamilton’s energy level is very high…

Weaknesses: Hamilton is an incredibly inefficient offensive player.  He shot a mere 42% inside the arc last season and his FG percentage was an abysmal 39% … His shot selection is often questionable in the half court … Lacks the blow by speed or the craftiness to get by his man or all they way to the rim with any consistency …  He often drives into a brick wall and has to throw up a tough shot … Despite his decent length, Hamilton is not  particularly great defender …  His lateral quickness is subpar, his effort appears lax as he’s often standing straight up, and his footwork is often awkward and he has to allow his ballhandler past him … Posted extremely underwhelming numbers at the combine, particularly in the max vertical leap, where his jump was the second-lowest … With his below-average athleticism, he struggles to create his own shot and has to rely on his jumpsuit, which is inconsistent … Extremely skinny.  Packs less than 200 lbs. onto his 6’8" frame, which will likely cause him to get bullied at the NBA level … Great free throw shooter, but averaged just over 2 attempts per game in college, meaning his opportunities to shine from the line were very limited…

Overall: Hamilton is an intriguing prospect, with tons of upside but also tons of shortcomings.  His potential based off his size-vision combination may very well get him drafted, but his inconsistency on both ends of the floor will ensure he does not sniff the first round if he does get selected.

Notes: Younger brother of Gary (University of Miami), Jordan (University of Texas/NBA) and Isaac Hamilton (2013) … Measured 6’8.5 (with shoes) 178 lbs with a 6’8 wingspan at the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy … Measured 6’8’’ in shoes, with a 6’8’’ wingspan and 198 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy …

Jacob Stallard 6/17/16

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