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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Kampe: Hamilton a gunslinger ‘like Brett Favre’

Reggie Hamilton has been at times the Golden Grizzlies’ best shooter. He’s also been their worst offender when it comes to turnovers. It’s a fact he and coach Greg Kampe have acknowledged on several occasions, but Kampe knows, you have to stick with the hot hand.
“He’s been making too many turnovers, but he’s also been making plays,” Kampe said. “He’s a Brett Favre-type quarterback. I refer to him as that type of player, he’s very similar. He’s going to make great plays and he’s also going to force the ball in there at times.”
Hamilton had eight turnovers in a win over Oral Roberts Jan. 27, but also had 21 points and crucial late-game free throws, negating the other portion of the Grizzlies’ Achilles’ Heel.
Hamilton has 47 turnovers in league play, nearly 30 percent of Oakland’s team total. He seemed to be the heir apparent at the point, shadowing Johnathon Jones in practice last season, but was subsequently moved over in favor of Larry Wright. Now Wright has been playing exceptionally in his role as a reserve, pushing Hamilton back to 1.
“We get better when (Wright) goes in the game. With him off the point, he’s more comfortable playing the 2. He plays a little point now, but Reggie has taken over that spot, wants it and is embracing it. We play a little bit faster with Reggie at the point. The fast we can play, the better we are.”
Wright had 17 points against Western Illinois Thursday, hitting 5 of 6 3-pointers. Hamilton had a team-high 20 points and just three turnovers, but played only 18 minutes against the Leathernecks.

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