Derrick Hamilton (basketball)

Derrick Lamont Hamilton (born May 20, 1966) is a former professional basketball player. A 6'7" small forward born in Mobile, Alabama, Hamilton was a college hoops star at The University of Southern Mississippi, with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the late 1980s. He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 2nd pick in the 3rd round (52nd overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft, but was not signed to a contract.

Derrick Hamilton
Personal information
Born (1966-05-20) May 20, 1966 (age 53)
Mobile, Alabama
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolB. C. Rain (Mobile, Alabama)
CollegeSouthern Miss (1984–1988)
NBA draft1988 / Round: 3 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career1988–2003
PositionSmall forward
Career history
1988Miami Tropics
1989Hapoel Tel Aviv
1989–1991Proexinca CB Cartagena
1990Pepsi Mega Hotshots
1993Apollon Patras
1993-1994Hapoel Givatayim
1995Mariembourg Royale US-Namur
1995-1997Hapoel Holon
1997Alaska Aces
1997-1998Hapoel Eliat
1998–2000Hapoel Jerusalem
2000Saint Petersburg Lions
2002Dynamo Moscow
2003Basket Rimini Crabs
Career highlights and awards

Pro careerEdit

Despite failing to enter the NBA, Hamilton had a successful and long career abroad.[1] He had a notable career in the Greek League playing for Sporting, AEK Athens, Apollon Patras and Irakleio. He also played in the Spanish second division, with Proexinca CB Cartagena for two seasons and in the Israeli League with Hapoel Jerusalem, where he was nicknamed "The Glue", due to his tremendous contribution to team chemistry. Prior to that, he also played with the Israeli clubs Hapoel Holon and Hapoel Eilat. He played at the end of his career in Europe with the Russian Super League club Dynamo Moscow.[2]

Hamilton is the cousin of former Duke basketball player Antonio Lang, who won 2 NCAA titles and had playing stints in the NBA, CBA & overseas before embarking into coaching; and is the older brother of Angelo Hamilton, who led Connors State College to the 1990 NJCAA National title & later played at University of Oklahoma before embarking on stints overseas and with the Continental Basketball Association.[3][4]


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