Bears add Hamilton
Nick Hamilton is one decorated student-athlete.
In Hamilton's case, though, his mantle is dominated by academic awards.
That's not to suggest the 6-4 guard isn't a talented hoopster -- he averaged nearly a double-double while on his way to All-City selection at Westchester High School in Los Angeles -- only that his intellectual acumen might be even rarer.
One of only 1,000 students chosen from across the country to receive the merit-based Gates Millennium Scholarship, Hamilton will have his entire undergraduate education paid for.
"It basically came down to Berkeley or UCLA," Hamilton told GoldenBearReport on Monday. "I knew I wanted a big school experience and that I wanted to major in Media Studies."
Hamilton is so passionate about his studies that he came to Berkeley in June and enrolled in summer school.
"I got an "A" in both my classes," said Hamilton. "I always go to the library to study."
Between the library and class, Hamilton also hit the hardwood, working out individually in front of coaches and participating in "open workouts" after Cathedral High and Compton Magic coach, Will Middlebrooks, reached out to Cuonzo Martin to tell him about the dynamic talent. On Friday, Hamilton received word that he had officially made the team.
"We haven't really had any sort of discussion about my exact role yet," said Hamilton "but really my goal this first year was just to make the team… Right now, I'll most likely be playing the two but I've been working on all the guard skills so that I can play the one or two… All the players have been really welcoming to me. I didn't know any of them at all but Jordan Mathews, Sam Singer, and Tyrone: those are the guys I've probably looked to most during the process."
Hamilton's view of the Cal coaches is also flattering, particularly when you consider the freshman's own work ethic.
"I love 'em. I love their work ethic," said Hamilton. "They're always around: 24/7."
Something else Hamilton is fond of? Berkeley.
"Oh yeah," said Hamilton, "I made the perfect decision choosing Cal."