Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Isaac Hamilton reportedly wants to get out of his Letter of Intent at UTEP in order to play at USC and be closer to his sick grandmother, but UTEP coach Tim Floyd won’t let him leave.
“Right now I’m not really looking into schools,” Hamilton told SNY.tv by text. “Just been out here taking care of my grandma.”
Hamilton is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Los Angeles St. John Bosco who first committed to UTEP last November. His older brother, Jordan Hamilton, plays for the Denver Nuggets, and his younger brother, Daniel Hamilton, is committed to UConn in 2014.
“Tim Floyd’s been close friends of the family,” Hamilton told SNY.tv when he committed. “He coached my uncle at UTEP and he was real good friends with my grandmother who passed away. I felt I should go with somebody that I trust so that’s why I chose UTEP.”
Now Floyd is telling the Los Angeles Times that Hamilton shouldn’t be allowed out of his NLI.
“Isaac made his decision for all the right reasons,” Floyd told the Los Angeles Times. “If this appeal is allowed, we might as well not have letters of intent.” USC coach Andy Enfield declined to comment to the Times and hasn’t responded to a text from SNY.tv.
Floyd’s decision has ruffled some feathers in the basketball world — and understandably so.
Dick Vitale Tweeted: “I am sick of schools that don’t let a kid transfer-refusing to let an athlete move on is a farce-Coaches leave -DON’T SIT OUT.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.