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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.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Reggie Hamilton hanging in rare company

Besides a fourth consecutive 20-win season and a berth in the CIT semifinals, there is something else significant about Tuesday’s game against Rice. Oakland guard Reggie Hamilton, the nation’s leading scorer, is just 12 points away from 900 for the season.
“That’s an incredible feat,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. “I don’t know if you’ll ever see anything like this again. I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve been watching basketball for a long time.”
Kampe considers LSU’s “Pistol” Pete Maravich the best college player of all-time. Maravich scored more than 1,000 points in three consecutive seasons from 1968-70 before players were allowed to play their freshman seasons. Maravich is the all-time career leading scorer with more than 3,667 points scored, an average of 44.2 points per game. His single-season averages during that run are also the highest of all-time.
The Tigers played just 24 games in Maravich’s sophomore and junior seasons.
“You’re putting Reggie Hamilton in the same stratosphere as Pete Maravich,” Kampe exclaimed.
If Oakland were to win Tuesday, Hamilton could have as many as two more games to make a run at 1,000 points. He’s averaging 34 per game in the CIT.
Brigham Young’s Jimmer Fredette led the nation in scoring last season with 28.9 points per game and Hamilton is poised to become the Summit League’s first scoring champion at 26.1 points per game.  
Fredette was the first scoring champion to top the 1,000-point mark since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson in 1993-94. Just 12 different scoring champions have hit the mark.


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