Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 12, 2013

Jaguars get a little more worldly with addition of Hamilton

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress



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.