2023 G Jake Hamilton checks off all the boxes in terms of productivity and efficiency on the court.  From the minute he steps on the floor he impacts the game in several ways.  Standing at 6’3, the Sacred Heart Griffin standout in Springfield, IL is quietly carving his name out as one of the best guards not only in Illinois but in region.  He is determined to prove all the doubters wrong and get his just do once it is all said and done.

His ability to score the basketball from anywhere on the floor is what sets him apart from most of the guards in the state of Illinois.  He can step well beyond the three-point line as well as pull up for mid-range jump shots.  He has put a tremendous amount of time in improving his ballhandling skills and this has helped him be able to be more of a combo guard than in the past.  He sees the floor well and has not trouble finding cutting teammates slashing to the paint or getting rid of the ball in double teams.  He has a nice build that allows him to take contact and finish strong at the rim with either hand.  He is quick enough to beat defenders off the dribble and has the IQ and awareness on the court to always make the right plays. 

Defensively, his toughness and passion make up for he may lack physically.  He is a sound on the ball defender who sticks to his principles and does not take gambles that could cost his team.  He can keep guys in front of him as well as hold his own in pick and roll situations where he is forced to go in the paint against bigger players.  One of the best attributes that he holds is his ability to rebound the basketball at the guard position.  He boxes out well and has a good feel for where he is around the basket.  The fact that he is excels on the court only enhances his stellar GPA in the classroom which is what makes him a potential can’t miss recruit for schools in the region.

There has been a recent uptick in schools that have put his name on the radar of prospects that they will be watching this winter as well as the ones that watched him compete this summer.  He competed with the always talented Illinois Predators Elite squad who played some of the top competition in the Midwest.  We fully expect to see his name remain a target for schools who are looking to get a jumpstart into 2023 recruiting.