Daniel Hamilton’s AAU coach says he expects Hamilton to end up at UConn regardless of whether he signs a National Letter of Intent this week or not.
The 6-foot-6 small forward from Los Angeles St. John Bosco committed to the Huskies last May but has yet to sign an NLI.
“As far as I understand he still plans on going there,” Dinos Trigonis of the Belmont Shore AAU program told SNY.tv Monday. “You don’t need to sign a Letter of Intent to get a scholarship.”
Daniel Hamilton’s experience is informed by that of his older brother, Isaac Hamilton.
Isaac Hamilton initially signed a Letter of Intent with UTEP, but wanted to get out of it in order to be close to his sick grandmother. UTEP coach Tim Floyd wouldn’t let Hamilton out of the Letter, and his waiver was initially denied.
Daniel Hamilton is part of a three-man recruiting class at UConn that includes JUCO guard Sam Cassell Jr. and power forward Rakim Lubin.
Trigonis believes that more and more players won’t sign Letters of Intent going forward because the NLIs really only protect the school — not the student-athlete.
There had been speculation that Daniel could opt to stay near his family in California and join his brother at UCLA next season.
Derrick Taylor, the St. John Bosco coach, previously told SNY.tv, “Not a chance. Not interested in UCLA.”