Chicago native Hamilton signs with DePaul

Chicago native Hamilton signs with DePaul
April 22, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Mark Strotman

DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell picked up a significant piece to his 2013 recruiting class when Thomas Hamilton Jr. committed to the Blue Demons and signed his national letter of intent earlier today.

Hamilton, a 6-foot-9 center, played three seasons at Whitney Young before transferring to IMG Academy (Fla.) for his senior year. The son of local legend Tommy Hamilton, who played two seasons in the NBA, Thomas will have four seasons of eligibility and will help a Blue Demons rotation that saw four players transfer out of the program this season, including sophomore center Derrell Robertson Jr.

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Injuries derailed Hamilton's junior season, but at one point he was ranked as the No. 45 player in the 2013 class and was being courted by the likes of Arizona, Marquette and Michigan State. Hamilton played on Mac Irvin Fire AAU along with fellow incoming freshman and good friend, Billy Garrett Jr. Purnell's recent dip into the Chicago area for local talent has many believing the Blue Demons can improve in the coming years, and Garrett and Hamilton certainly help that cause.

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R.J. Curington, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Oak Hill Academy, and junior-college transfers Forrest Robinson and Greg Sequele round out Purnell's recruiting class.

Depaul is headed to the new Big East next season, which will include the Catholic Seven schools as well as newcomers Creighton, Xavier and Butler.

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