For a freshman who stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 176 pounds, in essence, Kortez Hamilton would be considered a big guard, by a number of high school coaches’ standards.
Add to the fact that Hamilton has gone to great lengths to make an assortment of favorable strides on and off the court in recent years, and it’s abundantly obvious this Nettleton High newcomer doesn’t shy away from the notion that he boasts lofty expectations of fulfilling his dream of playing college basketball someday.
A 15-year-old rising hoops standout who’s become a fixture in Jonesboro, Arkansas-area gyms, displaying his immense basketball skills has become virtually a lifestyle, of sorts for Hamilton, who is the catalyst for his 16-and-under AAU team that’s coached by James Pigram.
“(I want college scouts to know)that I’m hard working, make other players around me better, I’m a good listener, and that I’m a great defensive player and I’m not a selfish player,” Hamilton told Sports Journlist Andre Johnson. “I play basketball practically every weekend. My biggest strengths are defense and scoring inside, and my biggest weakness is finishing with my left-hand.”
To his credit, his attractive size, continuous growth, and brilliant basketball IQ are amongst the reasons that even at such a young age, this thriving talent is targeting playing major college hoops.
Hamilton, in fact, admittedly is clinging to huge aspirations of generating interests from a slew of major colleges.
Several schools, to his credit, are already watching him thus monitoring him under the radar. Schools such Kansas, Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, Trevecca University in Nashville TN and Rogers State University.
In addition, he is scheduled to attend a couple of basketball camps during the summer months, which will surely provide him with even more knowledge and experience as it pertains to handling and conquering major high school hoops.
“Whatever college offer me what will they be getting out of me a hard-working defensive player that plays every spot on the court and a scorer and not a selfish player. Playing college ball a big dream for me, because I want to give my momma what she gave me in return,” Hamilton said. “I want her to stop working and I’ll be the one paying all the bills. I want to make it to the NBA and give hope to the people that don’t believe they can make it.”
Fortunately for this flourishing student athlete, the sky’s undoubtedly is the limit for him in this, his breakthrough season.
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