Steve Alford’s recruits haven’t taken the usual route to UCLA. The first was his son. The second, an athletic forward who originally signed with Texas Tech in 2012.
His latest is Isaac Hamilton, a five-star guard whose eligibility for the upcoming season is still in doubt. The Bruins officially announced his arrival today, stating that the McDonald’s All-American signed a scholarship offer on Thursday.
“Isaac is a big, versatile guard and will fit well with our system of play,” Alford said in a statement. “We are excited he is a Bruin today.”
The former UTEP signee asked out of his commitment earlier this summer, citing a desire to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Los Angeles. Miners coach Tim Floyd refused to release the guard from his letter of intent this summer, and accused USC coach Andy Enfield of tampering with his recruit. Undeterred, Hamilton enrolled at UCLA earlier this month.
“It’s hard to put into words how happy I am to be part of the UCLA basketball program,” Hamilton said in a statement. “UCLA is one the elite schools in the country and it is an honor to be a Bruin. I am excited to start classes today and I can’t wait to practice with my teammates and ultimately compete with them for Coach Alford.”
A standout at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, he averaged 23.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists last season en route to a CIF division title.