Jacksonville College head men's basketball coach Jody Bailey completed his international trifecta recently by inking the services of Johnathan “Johnny” Hamilton, a 6-foot-11, 210-pound forward/post who calls Mayaro, Rio Claro, Trinidad & Tobago home.
Trinidad & Tobago is a small island nation that sits on the northern edge of South America.
Hamilton, a product of St. Augustine Secondary High School, joins Jake Eynon (England) and Tevin Jackson (Australia) as the Jags' first-year imports.
Bailey said that he learned of Hamilton through a coaching contact.
“A friend of mine, who is a coach, called me and said that he had what he thought would be a perfect match for our program, a young man who was intelligent, who would fit in well with the mission of our college and someone who was a good basketball player,” Bailey said.
Bailey described hamilton as a “raw talent”, who would need to be developed, but that also possess a tremendous upside.
“Johnny has a long way to go in some areas of his game to get up to speed for the Texas Eastern Conference,” Bailey said. “But I think he is the type of kid that can come in here and work hard on improving his game and ultimately turn out to be a real asset for us.”
With Hamilton an inch shy of the 7-foot mark and Deng Leek towering up to 7-foot-1, Jag fans could see a different style of play in the future.
“With Johnny (Hamilton) at 6-11 and Deng Leek at 7-1, that basically gives us two 7-footers and I think that that could add a new dimension to our game,” Bailey said.
NOTE: The Jags will open the 2013-14 season on Nov. 1 by taking on Midland College in Plano (at Collin College) in a neutral-site affair.