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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

John Hamilton

        Class of                        2000
        School                          Greenfield-Central HS, IN
        Height and Weight               6'4  185lbs
        Position                        Shooting Guard
        98-99 Ratings                   TOP150 (ATH), #151 (HS)
        97-98 Ratings                   #151 (HS)
        Academically Eligible           ---
        Status                          Weber State
        AAU team                        Bloomington Red (1999)
                                        Spiece North 17 (1998)

Player Summary · Player News · Game Stats · Season Stats · Honors · Schedule

Player Summary

John Hamilton Jr. is the son of Greenfield Central head coach John Sr. Hamilton is best known for his perimeter shooting, a shot he can nail quickly off screens. Hamilton hit 50 from the perimeter his freshman year on varsity. He has a great combination of shooting guard skills. He can pour in the points, can create his own shot with ease and runs the floor intelligently. Has the hops to dunk, and adds a great all around game. Defensively needs work in containing his man without help, but is benefitted by some quick hands that gets him a few steals. Will be one of the state's top scorers each year during his high school career. During his junior year, John became Greenfield-Central's all-time leading scorer, and he still has a season to further redefine that new record. Hamilton was the state's #2 junior scorer with a 27.0 point average, finishing as the state's #5 scorer among all grades and classes. While improving his field goal percentage to just over 53-percent, his perimeter average continued to come down to earth (.333) from his incredible freshman percentage of 45-percent. Greenfield-Central finished the season 15-6, losing in sectional play. John's sophomore year lifted him from the ranks of a great shooter to a great scorer. He finished the season as the #12 scorer in Indiana, averaging 24.5 ppg with a game high of 43 points. He threw up a lot of shots, but hit .567 from the floor and .404 from the perimeter. John also added 6.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game for the 20-4 Cougars who captured the Sectional championship. The Cougars season ended at the hands of eventual Class 3A champions Cathedral in regional play. John also set school records for most points in a season (571) and highest per game average in a season. His freshman year, John averaged 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists for a 12-9 squad. He hit over 50 shots from the perimeter at around a 45% average.

Current Player News

10-23-99...It didn't take John long to find a home for himself after deciding against coming to Purdue. Hamilton committed to Weber State this week. We wish John the best of luck playing away from home, but on a team with a surprising number of players from the state of Indiana. He shouldn't have trouble getting rides back to Indiana for the holidays. 10-19-88...In an article in the Journal and Courier on Monday, John Hamilton said he was no longer considering the Boilers and has informed the coaching staff. "I told him I wasn't going to go to Purdue," said Hamilton to J&C senior sports writer Jeff Washburn, "and that I was looking at Weber State pretty hard." John also denied Keady gave him an ultimatum, prep school or no offer. Hamilton said Keady did discuss the prep school option, and was set to honor the scholarship offer if John still wanted to come. 9-24-99...Joe Paxton, who runs the Greenfield-Central website, tells us Hamilton is taking his official visit to Purdue this very weekend. He was on campus today playing a little pickup basketball with the team, and plans to do some of the same tomorrow. Joe's already got a GC season preview up over on his site, which is worth checking out. 6-25-99...The Indiana Senior Stars swept the 1999 series with the Junior All-Stars on Wednesday with a 130-117 victory. John had a better offensive game this time around with 10 points. Hamilton also tied Buscher and Parkinson for a team high 3 steals. (stats below) 6-18-99...Having a cold night from the floor taking shots from inside and outside the arc, John contributed just one freethrow in the scoring column, but dished out 4 assists (2nd on the team) and made only one turnover. Six of his eight attempts were mid-range shots along with one perimeter attempt and one shot in the paint. The Seniors beat the Junior All-Stars 127-112, in the first of two scrimmages to be held in the next week. The next game comes on the 23rd at Connersville High. (stats below) 6-5-99...I recently spoke with Bloomington Red head coach Bob Pryor about the John Hamilton situation. "Although playing time was an issue, John's abilities and attitude never were," said Pryor. "John is a great kid and an excellent player." Coach Pryor added that John wasn't in the rotation this past weekend, but that could have changed the next weekend (Bloomington Red will be in Cleveland this weekend). Many current and former Purdue players have at one time played for Bloomington Red, including Glenn Robinson, Jamaal Davis and Maynard Lewis. John will be busy over the next couple of months anyway with camp and all-star committments, including practicing and playing on the Indiana Junior All-Star team. 6-3-99...John Hamilton has dropped off the Bloomington Red AAU team according to a member of the Red coaching staff. The main issue was playing time on a team with an overabundance of guards. Hamilton reportedly got little playing time this past weekend as Bloomington Red won the Nike Bluegrass tournament in Kentucky. Stay tuned for where he might land, as he searches for another team. 5-11-99...USA TODAY named John to their All-USA honorable mention team. 4-29-99...Hamilton will be playing this weekend for Bloomington Red AAU at the Spiece tournament at Purdue. He will be playing on the same team with several other Purdue prospects including Austin Parkinson, Sean Kline, Chris Thomas and others. Following is a list of Bloomington Red's games during pool play. FRI 8:30pm vs. Columbus Basketball Club (Co-Rec #14) SAT 9:30am vs. Team Kansas Strykers (Co-Rec #13) SAT 2:00pm vs. The Challenge (Co-Rec #14) 4-22-99...An article in the Indianapolis Star has Purdue at the top of John Hamilton's list. Hamilton is also being recruited by Notre Dame, Indiana, Ball State, Syracuse and Louisville. His father expects him to verbal (most likely to Purdue) at the end of the summer and sign during the early period. 3-27-99...For a wrapup of John's junior season, check out the "Player Summary" above. His final 98-99 season statistics are also listed below. 2-22-99...John Hamilton has moved into the lead as Greenfield- Central's all-time leading scorer, in just his junior year of competition. John is also on target to break the school career mark for assists (needs 28 more). 1-30-99...After a 16 point performance Friday evening against Pndleton Heights, John Hamilton now needs 65 points to become Greenfield- Central's all-time leading scorer. 1-23-99...A scouting report from Greenfield-Central's 78-77 win over Mt Vernon, a game rescheduled from January 8th... "Hamilton scored 22 of his 34 points in the first half. He hit 5 of first 6 3-pointers. I'd say 4 of the five were near NBA range that he hit. Missed some late FT's in the game, which is not normal for John. John's steal was on Mt. Vernon's final possession with GC winning by one, which sealed the victory for the Cougars. By far, John's best shooting performance this season. He looked very comfortable and in the flow the entire game. MV couldn't find anyone to stop him." (scouting report by Joe Paxton) Through 12 games (January 16), John is currently the state's #6 scorer (all classes) with a 26.5 average. Hamilton leads all Indy metro scorers, just in front of Chris Thomas (#7 in the state). His season high of 36 came in December against Muncie Central. 12-6-98...Tied at 60 with Warren Central, Hamilton hit the go ahead three with five seconds remaining to give Greenfield-Central the 63-60 win. (stats below) 12-5-98...Hamilton still remains the priority at shooting guard in the Class of 2000. The race currently is down to Purdue, Kentucky and Arizona, with LSU, Miami of Ohio and Ball State trailing. 11-14-98...Here's a look at the varsity roster for the 98-99 Greenfield Central boys squad... Name Grade Number Height Rob Deer 11 10 5'10 Ty Brown 10 12 5'8 Chase Low 10 14 5'11 Jared Manning 12 20 6'2 John Hamilton 11 22 6'4 Josh Mullins 12 24 6'4 Adam Goodwin 12 32 6'0 Justin Grinstead 10 34 6'3 Kyle Miller 10 40 6'3 Jon Wilson 10 52 6'4 10-9-98...With Purdue still at the top of his list of choices, John Hamilton will wait until the end of the season to make any type of announcement. As this Purdue Exponent article indicates, Hamilton will be yet another visitor for Mackey Magic this year. 7-4-98...A new article on Hamilton from the Indianapolis Star. 7-1-98...Peegs from the IU Basketball Recruiting Site attended the Indiana AAU State Tournament last weekend, and has this scouting report on John Hamilton. 6-27-98...Some more info on Hamilton, from both on and off the court..."As a basketball player, he is very good. I've been impressed with him in every game I've watched him play. He knows when he is hot and does his best to get his teammates involved when he know he is not having the best game. His teammmates call him a ball hog most of the time, but that's just because he's that good. What probably impresses me more about him is his qualities as a person. He will have NO problem qualifying academically. He's a good student with an excellent approach to school first, basketball second. Every teacher that I have talked to that has had John in class has been very impressed." (report by annonymous) 5-25-98...A scouting report from Joe Paxton, who runs the Greenfield-Central HS basketball page..."I have been going to open gym at Greenfield-Central this summer to play. I've been playing with and against Hamilton, and he is really improving. He is dunking the ball with ease now. Nothing spectacular, but simple two handed dunks. And of course he is shooting VERY well from beyond the arc. He is nearly unstoppable in open gym. Even Chad Kerkhof has trouble defending him sometimes." (scouting report by Joe Paxton) 5-1-98...One of the hot rumors after day one of the Spiece Tournament at Purdue is the recent unofficial visit Hamilton made to Notre Dame went very well. 1-17-98...Purdue and Indiana reportedly had representatives in attendance for the January 16th Noblesville vs. Greenfield game. Purdue is looking at 3A Greenfield sophomore guard John Hamilton, 6'3 son of Greenfield head coach John Hamilton. The younger Hamilton hit for 43 points on 15-20 shooting in the double overtime win against Noblesville. Hamilton is currently rated the state's #19 scorer at 23.5 ppg, and averages .533 from the field, .753 from the line, and .333 from the perimeter.

Single Game Statistics

DATE MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS -------------------------------------------------- 06-23-99 4 10 0 1 2 5 3 10 Lost 117- Senior AS 130 06-16-99 17 0 8 1 2 0 1 3 4 0 1 1 Lost 112- Senior AS 127 03-02-99 12 25 5 7 4 11 33 Lost 62- Mt Vernon 72 02-27-99 28 Won 80- Hamilton SE 73 02-19-99 7 20 Won 73- Waldron 44 02-12-99 8 26 Won 82- Knightstown 55 01-23-99 11 19 9 10 1 2 3 3 1 32 Won 72- Shelbyville 44 01-21-99 13 24 3 8 5 7 6 4 1 34 Won 78- Mt Vernon 77 01-16-99 12 18 4 6 1 2 2 7 3 29 Won 84- E Hancock 56 01-15-99 11 24 12 13 1 9 7 35 Lost 51- Noblesville 70 01-11-99 8 14 7 10 0 2 23 Won 65- Greenwood 51 12-29-98 8 14 9 9 0 1 3 25 Won 57- St. Xavier OH 50 12-30-98 11 25 12 17 2 4 6 36 Lost 66- Muncie Cent 71 12-19-98 14 23 4 5 3 8 5 4 2 35 Won 64- Richmond 52 12-18-98 8 20 4 4 1 3 4 4 21 Lost 57- #1 Blue River 59 12-11-98 8 22 4 4 2 4 5 22 Won 60- New Palestine 49 12-05-98 7 21 6 6 0 4 8 20 Lost 49- New Castle 64 12-04-98 8 21 1 2 3 10 20 Won 63- Warren Cent 60 11-28-98 6 21 10 12 3 9 9 2 25 Lost 64- Brebeuf 68 11-25-98 12 20 0 0 1 4 4 2 4 25 Won vs Lakeview Chr 05-23-98 4 0 0 8 Won 81- The Athlete 66 05-02-98 3 2 1 9 Lost 66- CHM 76ers 73 05-02-98 3 0 0 6 Won 70- No Excuses 60 05-01-98 10 1 1 22 Won 84- Salt Lake 74 03-13-98 3 14 0 2 1 5 7 Lost 48- Cathedral 64 03-07-98 24 Won 61- Rushville 54 03-06-98 8 15 8 14 3 7 27 Won 77- Mount Vernon 71 03-04-98 23 Won 56- Pendleton H 55 01-16-98 15 20 43 Won vs. Noblesville 2OT

Season to Date Statistics

Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD RANK ------------------------------------------------------------------ * 98-99 season 27.0 .522 .791 .333 6.6 4.7 2.8 15-6 #17(IN) 01-16-99 26.5 .485 .833 6.7 4.3 3.0 7-5 #22(IN) 12-12-98 22.8 .885 7.0 4.4 3.2 3-2 #9(IN) 12-05-98 23.0 .864 7.2 3.5 3.5 2-2 #10(IN) 97-98 season 24.5 .567 .748 .404 6.1 4.4 2.8 20-4 -- 96-97 season 16.0 .450 4.0 4.0 12-9 --

Awards and Honors

98-99 season All-State First Team (Hoosier Basketball) Greenfield-Central All-Time Scorer All-Metro North MVP (Indy Star) All-USA Honorable Mention (USA TODAY) 97-98 season All-State Third Team (Hoosier Basketball) Underclassmen All-State Team (IBCA) All-East First Team (Indianapolis Star) East Player of the Year (Indianapolis Star) All-State Second Team (Bloomington Herald) Most Points - Season (571) Greenfield-Central

1999-00 Season Schedule for Greenfield-Central

Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- -------------------- 11/16/99 TUE 6:30P Connersville (scrimmage) 11/24/99 WED 6:30P Roncalli 11/27/99 SAT 6:30P Brebeuf 12/03/99 FRI 6:00P @ Warren Central 12/04/99 SAT 6:30P New Castle 12/10/99 FRI 6:30P @ New Palestine 12/17/99 FRI 6:30P Yorktown 12/28/99 TUE 6:00P @ North Central Holiday Tourney 12/29/99 WED 6:00P @ North Central Holiday Tourney 01/07/00 FRI 6:30P Mount Vernon 01/08/00 SAT 6:30P @ Greenwood 01/15/00 SAT 6:30P Eastern Hancock 01/22/00 SAT 6:30P @ Shelbyville 01/28/00 FRI 6:30P @ Pendleton Heights 02/04/00 FRI 6:30P @ Delta 02/08/00 TUE 6:30P @ Rushville 02/11/00 FRI 6:00P Knightstown (homecoming) 02/17/00 THR 6:30P Cambridge City 02/25/00 FRI 6:30P @ Hamilton SE 02/29/00 TUE 6:00P Mooresville (senior night) 03/03/00 FRI 6:30P @ Richmond 03/06/00 MON TBA Sectional * Times subject to change * * To confirm game time call Greenfield Central HS *

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