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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.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

All eyes on Hamilton at media day

Despite sitting just two seats away from a potential future NBA player, transfer Reggie Hamilton was the center of attention during Thursday’s media session at Oakland University. The concentration of questions toward the junior point guard are well-deserved. Hamilton is averaging 18.5 points and 6.3 assists after sitting out an entire season due to NCAA transfer rules. For his early assimilation, Hamilton was named to the Summit League First Team, which was announced shortly after Thursday’s conference (media members were aware of the results prior to the session).
“I really don’t try to pay attention to that stuff,” Hamilton said. “I just try to stay focused and be humble.”

The reward means the rest of the league thinks as highly of the UMKC transfer as the Oakland community has all season. The heaping of praise doesn’t faze the gunslinger.
“What’s life without pressure,” he said. “I don’t plan on cracking. I embrace the pressure and taking on the challenge.”
Hamilton has never been past the first round of the conference tournament and now he leads a team favored to win the whole thing.
“My team knows that I’m motivated. Period. Just to help the ballclub win. I’m ready to go.”
Oakland plays Southern Utah at 7 p.m. Saturday. If the Grizzlies make the semifinals, fans will be able to watch the matchup, against the winner of the heralded IPFW-South Dakota State, Monday at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Detroit.


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