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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pre-draft workouts a huge help to Reggie Hamilton's draft status

Speaking frankly about one of his recent pre-draft workouts with an NBA club, former Oakland guard Reggie Hamilton said "Nothing good happened."
That surprised Oakland coach Greg Kampe, who has had several teams calling to follow up about Hamilton, including that particular team.
Kampe said Wednesday there's a good chance Hamilton will get drafted, but if by chance he doesn't "he's going to have his choice where he goes to camp."
The biggest perceived weakness in Hamilton's game has been his passing, on which several NBA teams have drilled him.
"They see now that he can pass," Kampe said.
Hamilton, the nation's leading scorer, knew teams were questioning his ability at the point, despite averaging 5.1 assists per game to go with 26.2 points (making Hamilton responsible for nearly 40 points each night).
"They look at my numbers, and for some reason, they ignore five assists per game," he said.
The high-scoring Hamilton had similar assist numbers while increasing his scoring average by nearly 10 points per game last season over the previous year. He began his Oakland career passing to the likes of highly-efficient post players Will Hudson and Keith Benson, who both have since gone on to play professionally.
That aforementioned 2010-11 Oakland team got to play under the bright lights of the NCAA tournament, something Hamilton's senior-year team didn't accomplish. Kampe also thought that may have initially stunted Hamilton's exposure.
"With the nation watching, you can get yourself drafted," Kampe said.
(Just to note: Hamilton had a game-high 25 points in Oakland's most recent NCAA tournament game vs. No. 9 Texas in March 2011.)
Hamilton said he wasn't fixating on multiple offers to play overseas while he was working out with several NBA teams, including the Bulls, Pistons and Pacers, where hall of famer Larry Bird revealed his was a big fan of Hamilton.
"It does relieve some stress, but I'm focusing on staying here," he said.
If he gets drafted, Hamilton would be the second Oakland player taken by an NBA team in as many years, and would be the program's third to play in the NBA if he makes a team's roster.
"Our style of play is conducive to getting to the NBA," Kampe said.
We'll all know a lot more about what the future holds by about 9 p.m. Thursday.

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