Clemson, SC-Vernon Hamilton, a 5-11 guard from Richmond, VA and Jimmy
Hudson, a 6-4 guard from Eustis, FL, have signed a national
letter-of-intent with the Clemson men's basketball program. Head
Coach Larry Shyatt made the announcement Wednesday, the first day of
the fall National signing period.
Hamilton, a senior at Benedictine High in Richmond, averaged
17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists per game last season. He
was an all-state selection and is ranked among the top 100 players in
the nation by Hoop Scoop and Prep Spotlight. He also was named
all-regional as a junior and sophomore. He is also an outstanding
football player at Benedictine High and has been ranked among the top
receivers in the nation.
"Vernon Hamilton is a pure point guard, much in the same mold
as Edward Scott," said Shyatt, who will lose his four-year starter at
point guard after this season. "We will have a lot of perimeter
players back next year, but certainly will be looking for a
replacement for Edward. He handles the ball well and we are looking
forward to him joining our program."
Hudson is a combination guard who averaged 13.9 points per
game last year as a junior at Eustis High School. He had just 13
turnovers for the entire season, shot 81 percent from the foul line
and 42 percent from three-point land. He was a second-team all-state
choice as a sophomore and junior.
"Jimmy is a combination guard who will be able to handle both
positions with experience. He caught our eye last spring at a
tournament in Houston. All our coaches were impressed with the way
he handles himself on the court, especially in pressure situations.
He had just 13 turnovers all season and that says a lot about his
12/05/2002 - Clemson Signs Lamar Rice
Clemson, SC-Lamar Rice, a 6-7, 215-pound forward from Flint, MI has signed a national letter of intent with the Clemson men's basketball program. Rice will enter Clemson as a junior after Christmas. He sit out the second semester of this year, then participate for the first time in 2003-04. He originally signed with Clemson last April.
Rice averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game at Mott Community College for Coach Steve Schmidt's team in Flint, MI last season. He also shot 57 percent from the field and blocked 1.3 shots per game. He had a high scoring game of 32 points, a high rebound game of 12 caroms and a high blocked shot game of 11 deflections.
Rice helped Mott Community College to a 65-8 record over two seasons, including a number-one ranking in the final NJCAA Division II national poll in 2001-02. He was an all-conference, all-region and all-state selection as a freshman and a sophomore. He was an honorable mention Junior College All-American this past season. He was named to the National Junior College All-Tournament team each of the last two years.
Rice attended Flint Southwestern Academy High School in Flint, MI prior to his junior college career.
"Lamar has the capabilities to be a three-position player for us," said Head Coach Larry Shyatt. "He is 6-7 and 215 pounds, but still has some maturing to do physically. He can play the two, three or four positions. He gives us an athletic and graceful player on the wing, who is similar to Jamar McKnight, except he is two inches taller.
"We were impressed with his postseason performances, especially in the national tournament."
Rice is the third signee in the class of newcomers for 2003-04. In November, Clemson signed 5-11 guard Vernon Hamilton of Richmond, VA and 6-4 guard Jimmy Hudson of Eustis, FL.