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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oakland's Reggie Hamilton has long history with Illinois State's Trey Blue

There’s another storyline for Oakland fans going into the Feb. 18 Bracketbusters game at Illinois State. Sure, Oakland beat the RedBirds for its first Division I win. Also of note, Oakland guard Reggie Hamilton was high school teammates with RedBirds junior guard Trey Blue at Thornwood High School, the starting point for several professional athletes including the Miami Heat’s Eddy Curry, for three seasons in South Holland, Ill.
Like Hamilton, Blue transferred to his current program, after spending his first season at Fordham. Hamilton spent almost two seasons at UMKC, where he was the only true freshman on the league’s All-Newcomer team in 2008, before transferring to Oakland and sitting out the 2009-10 season. Hamilton is having another notable season as a senior as the nation’s second-leading scorer (24 ppg).
Hamilton and Blue played together for three years in high school, where Blue was the go-to guy.
“He was our leader, star player and a great leader. He could should from anywhere on the court,” Hamilton said.
“We basically grew up together. We were both stars in junior high school and then went to the same high school.”
Hamilton, who said he wasn’t recruited by Illinois State, and Blue hadn’t contacted each other as of Tuesday afternoon, “but it’s probably going to happen sooner rather than later,” he said.
Hamilton likes the matchup and compares the RedBirds’ fortunes this season to Oakland.
“They’ve had some close games where they didn’t come out on top,” he said.”That’s like what we’ve been going through this year. They’ve got some athletes on that team. … It’ll be an exciting game for us and a good win if we can get it.”
The game tips off at 5 p.m. and can be heard on WDFN-AM (1130) and wdfn.com.

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