Myles Hamilton | #0 | 6’1” | 190 | Freshman | Guard | St. Edward HS| Cleveland OH
Myles Hamilton is a 6’1″ 190 pound guard from St. Edward High School in Lakewood Ohio. Hamilton committed to Kennesaw State in October, and will join Delbert Love, his high school teammate of three years, in the Owls backcourt. Hamilton had offers from Kent St. and Akron plus interest from Xavier, Texas Tech, Rhode Island, Cleveland St., Dayton, Toledo, Bowling Green, Rider, Niagara and Western Michigan.
TripleDoubleProspects.com said “(Hamilton) surprised everyone on October 7th by committing to Kennesaw State. A combo guard who many thought would remain in the area, most likely landing in the MAC, Hamilton liked what he saw enough at Kennesaw to commit on his official visit.”
In March 2012, TripleDoubleProspects.com was raving about him: “The 6’2 combo guard poured in 24 points and showed tremendous determination, but it was not enough to carry LSE (St. Edward HS) to the State Championship game. Hamilton attacked the rim with no fear and showed off his leaping ability to finish at or above the rim. With his strength and handles Hamilton is able to get past defenders and bump back much taller opponents to score in traffic. An improving decision maker and shooter Hamilton is a steal for Kennesaw State where he will be playing next year. Hamilton’s defense was also on display as he recorded 3 steals and when he was guarding Toledo Whitmer’s Leroy Alexander, which he did sportingly due to foul trouble, Alexander was unable to get much going.”
BuckeyePrep.blogspot.com called Hamilton one of the ten most improved players in Ohio following his senior year and said that “Myles is one of the toughest players in the state. He will not be out efforted. One of my favorites. Would try and dunk on Godzilla.”
Head Coach Lewis Preston on Hamilton: “Myles is very competitive and is very underrated in his ability to shoot and to slash and drive to the basket. He brings to us an added toughness and competitive spirit and a passion that I feel is needed in creating a championship program. His familiarity of having played with Delbert (Love) at the high school level will also be a big plus for us.”
Here are Hamilton’s recruiting profiles
Hamilton had quite the high school career: “Became one of the few 1,000-point scorers in school history, finishing with 1,008. Three-year starter averaged team-leading 17.1 points, 3.2 assists, three steals and 5.1 rebounds per game — second-highest on the team — while leading Eagles (18-8) to the Division I state semifinals. He was a 56 percent shooter on 2-point shots and 31 percent from 3-point range while making 76 percent of his free throws.”
Hamilton is going to be a starter from day one, without question. He will be nearly impossible to take off the floor and should get over 30 minutes per night, playing both guard positions and even some forward in small lineups.
Usually this is where we tell you our opinion, but this time we will let somebody else take the wheel.
In August of 2011 TripleDoubleProspects.com put out an evaluation of Hamilton: “Slashing combo guard with power and great leaping ability Myles thrives with the ball in transition. A terrorizing defender with quick feet and a strong core he can guard any perimeter player without much help. Effective as a passer and set up man who rarely turns the ball over. He is better off the ball but can play college PG. Established himself as a mid-major recruit with a great July AAU period. His versatility, athleticism, and killer instinct will make him a defensive nightmare in college.”
Now for our turn at the Owl Howl! We think that Hamilton is an explosive slasher with an excellent feel for the game. He can finish above the rim and will outwork anybody else on the floor. The word “competitive” embodies what he is about. Don’t let the effort “buzzword” fool you because he is equally as talented. He can take anybody off of the dribble and has the strength to finish strong and creatively at the rim. He also has a solid mid range game. He shot 31% from the three point line last year so we would like to see some improvement there.
Defensively, he is just as good if not better. He can man up on guards and create a lot of ball pressure, and has excellent anticipation in passing lanes. We could also see him guarding bigger players adequately due to his strength, which would allow KSU to create mismatches with a smaller lineup.
He will need to control his aggressiveness at times to avoid foul trouble and he is very emotional on the court which could lead to some technical fouls.
Hamilton blossomed his senior year of high school when he became stronger, more explosive and got the chance to play as more of a guard rather than a forward. The consensus is that he was a recruiting coup, and had he not committed to KSU early he likely would have gotten offers from some high majors. Look for him to become one of the finalists for the Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year Award.Follow @KSUOwlHowl