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UCLA Basketball Recruiting: 5-Star SG Isaac Hamilton To Commit On Friday

UCLA basketball target Isaac Hamilton, a five-star 2-guard out of Los Angeles, CA, will announce the program he plans on playing for in the 2013-14 basketball season.

Included in the elite guard’s final four is Baylor, UTEP, UNLV and UCLA. According to Edward Lewis at Rivals, the Bruins have been relentless in their recruiting of Hamilton.

There’s grumblings that the kid is a UCLA lean at this point, and it makes sense, since he grew up in Los Angeles with UCLA hoops dominating the college basketball scene.

But much of these rumors are unsubstantiated; the decision will be clear by tomorrow.

We took a look at Hamilton back in June. Here’s what we said about the kid:

While the scouting reports praise his passing skills and his ability to score, they knock him for not passing as much as he should and for being a “streaky” shooter. In fact, this seems to be the consensus across all recruiting sites and scouting reports.

These are obviously two of the most correctable things ever: Streaky shooting can be alleviated with time spent shooting in the gym (Drake reference!) while not passing enough can be alleviated with, y’know, passing more.

The criticism seems fair (not that I’d know first-hand, since no one gives me money to drive around and check out these kids), but consider that he’s an off-guard, and not a point man.

Essentially, Hamilton is athletic and long and makes him a viable offensive threat, namely as a slasher more than anything. He’s got serious ball-handling skills and can play the point in spurts, although we’re sure having a 6’4” score-first guard isn’t the ideal option to run an offense.

Still, Hamilton’s commitment will add serious traction to a recruiting class that officially added Zach LaVine, Noah Allen and, by the time Hamilton announces his destination, Allerick Freeman.

So say hello to the 2013 recruiting class, because it’s starting to shape up well.

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