Isaac Hamilton’s appeal denied, will sit out season

The limbo ended, but not in the way UCLA had hoped.

Five-star guard Isaac Hamilton’s appeal to play immediately has been denied, the school announced Thursday. The former St. John Bosco standout will sit out the 2013-14 season and play the following year as a sophomore.

Originally signed with UTEP, Hamilton broke his national letter of intent and instead enrolled at UCLA. He loses a year of eligibility for reneging on his NLI, but is allowed to continue practicing with the team.

UTEP coach Tim Floyd had refused to release Hamilton from his letter of intent, and accused USC coach Andy Enfield of tampering. Hamilton had cited a desire to play closer to home, in front of his ailing grandmother. His brother Daniel, however, is committed to UConn.

Rated as’s 14th-best player in the 2013 class, the McDonald’s All-American will join what could be a very talented Bruins lineup in 2014. Five-star power forward Kevon Looney committed to UCLA earlier today, while talented swingman Jordan Adams could also return to school as a junior.


Clarification: Wanaah Bail’s successful appeal to play immediately was made to the NCAA, and was treated more like a transfer. Hamilton’s appeal was made to the NLI committee, since he had broken his letter of intent without ever going to UTEP.

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  • drakejr

    This reeks of bitterness over losing out on the Free Shabazz movement. Especiallt after the granting of two years of eligibility for Josh Smith after he switched teams mid season.

    • Bigwoof1

      They did rule in our favor with Wannah Bail. Hamilton being eligible this year was a real longshot possibility under his circumstances. Now it’s a tossup if he ever plays for us (I hope so, but ?)

  • uclawarren

    How is this different than what happened to Vanderdoes?

    • drakejr

      Vanderdoes had a family issue that contributed to him wanting to return to his home state. Besides, this is the NCAA, nothing needs to be different to result in a different outcome.

  • LTEfan

    The big story here is why did a 5-star SoCal recruit commit to UTEP in the first place? Anyway, sitting out a season is penalty enough, he should not lose a year of eligibility too. Make it a redshirt season.