Isaac Hamilton, a college freshman who starred at Bellflower St. John Bosco High, is attending classes at UCLA and has accepted a basketball scholarship, the school announced Friday.
Hamilton, a guard, signed a letter of intent with Texas El Paso but tried to get a release from that commitment this summer. UTEP Coach Tim Floyd denied Hamilton’s request and an appeal by Hamilton to the National Letter of Intent Committee also failed.
Hamilton has now appealed again, his father, Greg, said.
If the appeal is approved, Hamilton could play for UCLA in the upcoming season. If it is denied, he would have to sit out a season.
In a statement, UCLA Coach Steve Alford said, "We are very excited to welcome Isaac to the Bruin family. He comes from a great family, a strong high school program here in Los Angeles and had an exceptional career as a McDonald's All-American. He is a big, versatile guard and will fit well with our system of play."
As a senior at St. John Bosco, Hamilton averaged 23.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.1 steals a game to help the Braves reach the Southern Section Division 3A championship game.
Hamilton said in his appeal that he wanted to play nearer to home because his grandmother is ill.