By not hiring an agent, Hamilton leaves the door open for a return to college for his senior season
The 6’4″ guard from Pasadena just finished his third season in Las Vegas, where he was named a second team all Mountain West performer.
This past season,Hamilton averaged nearly 18 points per game, while also averaging 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
On Wednesday afternoon, Bryce Hamilton announced on social media that he was indeed going to test the NBA draft waters, though he will not hire an agent, leaving the door open for a return to college. There had been alot of speculation recently on if Hamilton would return to UNLV even if he didn’t test the NBA draft process.
The Marathon Continues ❤️🏁 pic.twitter.com/Evf6ianB4Y
— Bryce Hamilton (@bham_10) March 31, 2021
If Hamilton doesn’t return to UNLV, that would be eight UNLV players(to this point)that will not be returning to a school that has just hired its sixth head coach in ten years.
Bryce Hamilton is considered by some around the program to be one of the most important pieces that UNLV would want to keep, as they rebuild a roster that will feature a ton of new faces. Hamilton staying on the roster would definitely help fill some space on new head coach Kevin Kruger’s starting rotation and stabilize that frequent turnover that this Rebel program is facing yet again.
Hamilton played in all 24 games for the Rebels this year, shooting 43% from the field, while only shooting 31% from beyond the arc. His shooting percentages from the field,three point line and the free throw stripe declined this season compared to last, on the other side of the coin, he did average the most points in his three year Rebel career this season.
NBA draft applicants have untill May 30th at 11:59 pm ET to declare for the draft and if they wish to not participate, they must withdraw by July 19th at 5 pm ET. The NBA draft is on July 29th at 8 pm ET. Without an agent Hamilton will look to get as much information as he can before the end of May. Untill then Rebel fans, stay tuned.
Prediction: Hamilton will pull out of the draft process and transfer to a bigger D1 school.
Jayson Williams covers UNLV basketball for the Mountain West Wire and Co-hosts “The Vegas Fever Podcast”