In 2013, Johnny Hamilton left his home country of Trinidad to attend Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas. In two years at Jacksonville CC, Hamilton, who first started playing organized basketball when he was 16 years old, developed into a high major prospect who will now take his talents to the ACC.
Earlier this evening, Hamilton signed an official letter of intent with Virginia Tech.
“I feel great,” Hamilton said. “I feel I’ve worked hard enough to be there. From where I came from, it’s not easy to make it out there. [Jacksonville CC head coach Jody] Bailey gave me the confidence to get here. I’m thankful to him and to the Jacksonville team.”
Alabama, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Houston, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tennessee, Tulsa, Washington State and Wichita State were interested in Hamilton as well, but Virginia Tech only needed one visit to close the deal.
“I love the coaches and the team. They are great people, you know,” Hamilton said, referring to the Virginia Tech men’s basketball program. “I feel comfortable around them. It’s a beautiful campus and a beautiful area. I fell in love with how they play.”
Hamilton didn’t commit while in Blacksburg last weekend. Instead, he discussed the decision with his coach and deliberated a few days before making the call.
“He had a great visit and he felt comfortable with Coach Buzz, felt comfortable with the staff, felt like it was an opportunity get better and at the same time step in and help them immediately,” Coach Bailey said.
Further discussing Virginia Tech’s pursuit of Hamilton, Bailey said: “When you go through recruiting, every school has a need. Virginia Tech has a need and it’s on the inside presence. Right there, Johnny Hamilton checks that box. For Coach Buzz and his staff – Coach Roc (Steve Roccaforte) did a lot of leg work here – there was a single purpose, which was to get a rim protector. Johnny fits that.”
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