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Georgia forward becomes fifth basketball commitment for Shockers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at 6:37 p.m.

Forward Eric Hamilton signed with Wichita State on Wednesday, giving the Shockers a fifth member of its recruiting class on the final day of the November signing period.

Hamilton, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound senior at Duluth (Ga.), visited WSU last weekend and watched the game against Tennessee State. He came into the weekend undecided about whether to sign or wait until April. WSU’s impression changed his mind.

"The fact that they’re school that could help me reach my highest level of potential,” Hamilton said. “Coach (Gregg) Marshall and all of the coaches can help me develop that. They're honest about my future there and I really appreciated that.”

The crowd at Koch Arena and interaction with Shocker fans on Twitter also sold Hamilton on the Shockers.

“I love the fan support,” he said. “I can't say enough on that.”

Rivals.com ranks Hamilton a three-star prospect (on a scale of five). Phenomhoopreport.com ranks him the No. 15 senior in Georgia after a summer in which he made significant improvements in his ball-handling and defense. He said he also considered Houston, Auburn, Oregon State, Cleveland State, Memphis, Georgia and Northwestern. Georgia recently offered him a scholarship.

He is regarded as similar to WSU senior Cleanthony Early in body type, athletic ability and skills. He can play both forward positions, although his skills likely need polishing before he makes a big contribution in college.

“In the end I know for a fact I made the right decision for me,” Hamilton said. “It wasn't something I was going to rush into. It was a decision that I felt I needed to make in order focus on truly excelling on the next level.”

Last week, WSU received letters of intent from center Bush Wamukota of Kilgore (Texas) College, guard Corey Henderson Jr. of Episcopal School of Dallas, forward Zach Brown of Sunrise Christian Academy and forward Rashard Kelly of Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy.

Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop.

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