MAJOR NEWS!!! Jordan Hamilton Seems Unlikely to Qualify; J'Covan Brown Likely Will

by Alex Schwartz

Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes has done a fantastic job recruiting over the past few years, landing numerous big-time recruits and bringing in many quality players. In the class of 09, Barnes inked Avery Bradley of Findlay Prep (NV), Jordan Hamilton of Dominguez (CA), and Shawn Williams of Duncanville (TX). Bradley, who was ranked #6 in Northstar Basketball's Class of 2009 Terrific 35, was a McDonald's All-American and passed through NCAA Clearinghouse two weeks ago. Shawn Williams, the #31 player in the Terrific 35, has been cleared too. As for Jordan Hamilton, who came in at #17, things are not looking good.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, there is a  very strong chance that Jordan Hamilton, a 6'7 wing, will not meet NCAA Clearinghouse. As of now, he has not been cleared and is not even on campus in Austin, according to the source, who also informed me that Hamilton was the last Longhorn freshman to get a locker and nameplate. Hamilton, who was a fifth-year senior and was thus ineligible for the McD's AA Game—he was a Jordan Brand Class All-American—was not granted a fifth year of eligibility this past year, and sat out his whole senior season, despite his family's attempt to get a waiver because they claimed he repeated his freshman year due to academic struggles that he was not given enough aid in. The NCAA Clearinghouse has supposedly been in contact with the California board that declared Hamilton, who was also in the 2008 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Classic, ineligible this past year.

Most players have been cleared already, and considering that Hamilton is not even on campus, it appears he has not even been deemed a partial qualifier, which would allow him to workout with the team, something he has clearly not been doing. There still remains a chance that Hamilton will be cleared for the second semester, or possibly even sooner, but as of now, things are not looking good.

In some positive news for the Longhorns, 2008 signee J'Covan Brown of Memorial (TX), looks likely to qualify after being ineligible last year. The talented combo guard has been working out with the team, and it seems he will be a member of Rick Barnes' squad this upcoming season. This would be a huge pickup for the UT staff, as Brown would be able to take some of the scoring burden that was expected to have been on Hamilton.

Once again, in news being first reported by Northstar Basketball, Jordan Hamilton looks unlikely to qualify at Texas, while it seems J'Covan Brown will be eligible.

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