Nov. 13, 2002
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 game.”
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