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UTEP Freshman Isaac Hamilton Should Embrace Opportunity to Star For Miners

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Over the past couple of days, the rumors surrounding UTEP Miners star freshman Isaac Hamilton have indicated that the 6-foot-5 shooting guard was looking to begin his collegiate career elsewhere. The USC Trojans were heavily linked to Hamilton over the past couple of days, but it now appears like Hamilton isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

UTEP head coach Tim Floyd, who ironically enough, is a former head coach at USC, has denied Hamilton’s release from his National Letter of Intent and rightfully so. Hamilton is a top 50 prospect, according to some national recruiting services, and by far the biggest name that the Miners have landed and have had to look forward to in quite some time.

Floyd was the one who put in the time and effort to land Hamilton and there’s no denying that Hamilton embraced the opportunity to play for the Miners when he committed. The star guard needs to take a step back and realize he’s not going anywhere. He needs to look at this opportunity as a true chance to shine and be the man in the team’s lineup right from the get-go.

Fans across the country know that Hamilton can play, now he can show that in a UTEP uniform like he has planned to all along. Hamilton can be a star in Conference USA, so upon Floyd’s denial, it’s time for him to re-assume that role and help put the Miners on the map.

 

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