Following a season in which he led Herndon to a 23-3 record and district championship, All-Met guard Austin Hamilton committed to play for Elon on Saturday after taking an official visit to the North Carolina campus.
Hamilton, who also had offers from George Washington, St. Francis (PA), UMass, UNC-Greensboro and Northeastern, was the most dynamic player in the Virginia AAA Northern Region this season.
“I just felt that it was the right place for me,” Hamilton said. “The coaches, they all fit my style of play, and that system, and I played with the players and that helped a lot, I seemed to jell with them and I think it was the right decision. It was one of the best feelings to know it was the right place.”
The shooting guard often faced double teams this season but still managed to average 23.7 points per game – fifth-best in the area and tops in the Northern Region. Hamilton also had a knack for knocking down shots in big moments, and averaged 2.6 three-pointers per game.
Hamilton led the Hornets to the Concorde District regular season and tournament titles, including three wins over rival Chantilly, before seeing his season end with a loss to eventual region champion T.C. Williams, 64-61, in the region semifinals.
“I really do think it’s a great fit,” Herndon Coach Chris Whelan said. “Those guys have been on him for over a year now, I think the Southern Conference they play in is extremely competitive and I think he’ll fit in perfectly. He’s got an opportunity to play right away and he’s walking into a program on the rise. They’ve got some good young players. He feels the same way. ... It’s a perfect fit all the way around.”