June 23, 2011
• Hamilton final collegiate bio
AUSTIN, Texas -- Former University of Texas basketball standout Jordan Hamilton was selected as the No. 26 pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday evening at Prudential Center. Hamilton’s rights were later traded to the Denver Nuggets.
Hamilton becomes the second UT player selected in this year’s draft, joining Tristan Thompson who was picked No. 4 overall by Cleveland.
This marks the second straight year and third time in school history that the Longhorns have had two players selected in the first round of the same draft. Avery Bradley (No. 19 pick by the Boston Celtics) and Damion James (No. 24 pick by the Atlanta Hawks, traded to the New Jersey Nets) were picked in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. Travis Mays (No. 14 pick by the Sacramento Kings) and Lance Blanks (No. 26 pick by the Detroit Pistons) were taken in the first round in the 1990 NBA Draft.
Hamilton is the ninth first-round selection in the Rick Barnes era (since 1999), joining Chris Mihm (2000), T.J. Ford (2003), LaMarcus Aldridge (2006), Kevin Durant (2007), D.J. Augustin (2008), Avery Bradley (2010), Damion James (2010) and Thompson. He also is the 15th Texas player to be drafted in the last 13 years.
Hamilton was a two-year player on the wing who finished his career ranked 31st in UT history in career scoring with 1,012 points in 70 career games (14.5 ppg). He earned consensus second-team All-America honors as a sophomore and was one of 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA National Player of the Year).
Hamilton claimed second-team All-America honors from the USBWA and NABC and third-team All-America accolades from The Associated Press. He led the team in scoring (18.6 ppg) and ranked second on the squad in rebounding (7.7 rpg), double-doubles (eight) and minutes (32.2 mpg). Hamilton topped the 20-point mark in 15 of UT’s 36 games last year.
“I will always respect Jordan for the way he honestly sat down and evaluated himself following his freshman season here,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “He realized there was a lot that he needed to learn. Jordan worked so hard at the game but more importantly, he grew as a person. When we think about Jordan as a person from the time he arrived on campus as a freshman, he has really grown. He has matured so much, not only in basketball, but more importantly as a man.”
Hamilton is the 13th player in UT history to be selected in the first round and the 40th player overall since the NBA Draft began in 1947.