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Jairus Hamilton enters a blueblood recruitment

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EMERSON, Ga. – The recruitment of Jairus Hamilton, who has an opportunity to play at practically any program in the country, hit the final stage earlier this week.

The four-star prospect is averaging nearly 14 points, three rebounds and two assists per game thus far in his Nike EYBL season. Hamilton is a capable playmaker, finisher and multi-positional defender.

Fresh off of an offer from Duke, Hamilton gave further insight on what the opportunity truly means to him.

“It is just a blessing. I am very humbled and excited about it because it is an offer from Coach K; he doesn’t offer a lot of players,” Hamilton said. “He is really excited. He really likes my game. He usually doesn’t offer over the phone but he said that he wanted to offer me that night. I am just very thankful.

“I am planning on taking an unofficial visit up there probably in the summertime.”

While Duke has punched its way into the mix, a list of others has remained involved.

“UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, Kansas, Arizona and Missouri,” Hamilton said about those also in pursuit.

The Rivals150 junior spoke further on a few of the schools chasing after him this spring.

North Carolina: “I definitely like UNC a lot, especially with a couple of my good friends already committed there. I am just trying to weigh it out and figure out the best fit for me since they have a lot of guards already there.

“They just really like my game and see how I am stepping up and becoming more of a force and a better perimeter player. They see me as a two or a three and playing out on the perimeter and that my post game has improved so I can post up smaller guards.”

NC State: “I like them a lot. They are talking about me being the guy on the team and the go-to, number one priority. It is very nice to hear that. They just really love my game and see me as a guy that is a two or a three, but can even run the one sometimes. I like what they are talking about.”

Wake Forest: “I like them a lot. I talk to coach (Danny) Manning and coach (Steve) Woodberry. I talk to them at least twice a week. They love my game and want me badly to be a Deacon.”

Kansas: “I talked to coach (Kurtis) Townsend and coach (Norm) Roberts and sometimes coach (Bill) Self. They see me as a guy on the perimeter that can get buckets and just attack everybody.”


The Duke offer does not change Hamilton’s timeline, though he remains open to the entire process.

“Depends on how I feel; something like that. It is up in the air right now,” he said. “I haven’t really thought much about cutting my list.”

He will finish out his senior summer on the Nike circuit running with the Georgia Stars 17-under team.


Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona, three of the top programs in America, have been involved with Hamilton for over a year now. However, following their recent offer, the Blue Devils have jumped into the group of leaders for the four-star prospect. The dark horse looks to be Wake Forest.