Former Oakland guard Reggie Hamilton signs with Houston-based agent
Hamilton is one of five players from this year's class represented by Walton, who likens his lineup to that of a starting five on the court.
Walton also has shooting guard Kent Bazemore from Old Dominion, small forward Anthony Jones from Baylor, power forward Jarrod Jones from Ball State and former Tulsa center Steven Idlet on his roster.
Last season, Walton client Andrew Goudelock, a guard from College of Charleston, was drafted No. 46 overall by the Lakers, two spots ahead of former Oakland center Keith Benson, who went to the Atlanta Hawks.
Walton makes several comparisons between Goudelock and Hamilton, who Walton is tasked with selling as an NBA point guard.
"He's never been given anything," Walton said. "He just works."
Walton said Hamilton didn't have his best performance at the recent Portsmouth Invitational, but attributed that performance in part to the pace of the camp and the makeup of Hamilton's team. He added Hamilton didn't affect his draft status one way or the other in his three-game stint, where he averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 assists in 25.3 minutes per game.
"He played within himself," Walton said. "He wasn't selfish. He did what he was supposed to do."
Walton sees Hamilton as a fringe second-round NBA draft pick and a summer league player.
"He has to outplay guys," Walton said. "If he does that, he has a chance to get drafted."
Walton is working on getting Hamilton, who's hard at work at the O'rena, more camp invites.
"You have to make the best of every opportunity and he knows that," Walton said.
As for Bazemore, another heralded mid-major prospect, Walton will have to answer character questions, after Bazemore was arrested for failing to appear in court for a case related to a DUI — while he was in the layup line prior to Old Dominion's game in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last month.
Bazemore will be back in court May 17 said Walton, who added his client completed voluntary alcohol awareness classes. The agent is not expecting jail time for Bazemore, who he says is a first-time offender.
"He's owned up to it and done everything the court has asked of him," Walton said.
The NBA draft is June 28 at 7 p.m.