Reggie Hamilton nearing final home game
Hamilton was the only freshman named to the Summit League All-Newcomer Team in 2007-08 while at UMKC and his stock continued to soar at Oakland, where he is routinely the team’s leading scorer. He nearly had as many points last season with Oakland (616) as he did in two years at UMKC (627).
Prior to his 10 30-point game Saturday (31), Hamilton was second in the nation in scoring and has been the only Oakland player to score in double figures each game this season. He reached 1,000 points scored with Oakland in a Jan. 3 loss to Oral Roberts and closing in on 2,000 for his career.
“It’s going to be a hard day for me, but I’m going to try and go in there and get a big win,” he said. “I appreciate everything the Grizzlies family has done. They brought me in with open arms and it’s been a good three years here. I’m thankful for the opportunity and all the love I’ve received since I’ve been here.”
Oakland coach Greg Kampe, a staunch opponent of participating in the ESPN Bracketbusters series, was miffed at the idea the Grizzlies’ Senior Night game was pushed from its typical Saturday slot to a mid-week game to accommodate the series.
“What Reggie Hamilton has done for Oakland, it’s not fair to him. It’s not fair to Laval (Lucas-Perry),” Kampe said. “They deserve a normal Senior Night crowd. The last 10 have been close to sellouts. I’m disappointed in that, but it is what it is.”
The Grizzlies have a chance to make the Thunderbirds the second team they’ve swept this season and possibly jump them in the conference standings with precious little time left in the season. Hamilton gets at least one final crack at his former team, as the Grizzlies visit the Kangaroos Feb 23.