When we last checked in with former UTEP signee Isaac Hamilton, he was being denied a waiver by the NCAA that would have allowed him to freely transfer as a result of family issues. However, as of Friday, it appears as if he has landed on his feet in Westwood.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Hamilton is headed to UCLA, but he will be unable to suit up for the Bruins next season. This is a big-time get for the new regime led by Steve Alford, and the fact that UCLA was able to beat out the rest of the Southern California schools (Hamilton was trying to move closer to home) is a major coup.
Hamilton was a top-50 recruit by virtually every recruiting service, and the NCAA made serious waves when they denied his waiver after he signed with UTEP. Goodman’s report also provides that Hamilton will be able to be on scholarship with the Bruins this year, but as much as Alford would love to have him in year #1, he won’t be in uniform until 2014-2015.
It is extremely gratifying to see a kid like Hamilton land on his feet, but I do hope that his success doesn’t take the (negative) focus off the NCAA (and UTEP’s Tim Floyd) for blocking his movement to this point.