Monday, November 17th, 2008 at 12:00 pm  |  13 responses

Ultimate Competitor

For Jordan Hamilton, winning is life.

by Justin Walsh

Jordan Hamilton is a seasoned veteran at the ripe old age of 18.

The last prep-star playing varsity basketball at age 13 was O.J. Mayo, and the parallel can be drawn further. Jordan and O.J. have constantly heard unfounded criticism of their attitudes, based off of he said-she said ejection stories that rival most “through the grapevine” tale. O.J. steadily proved his doubters wrong; Jordan is setting the groundwork for a similar vindication.

Jordan has no intention of losing a game–it’s been that way since he was six years old. At times his will to win can be misconstrued as a bad attitude. In a recent interview with Matthew Rodriguez, Jordan elaborated on his deep-stemmed fire for victory:

“Some people say my attitude is bad and some say ‘I play with fire!’ To me, I just want to win so bad that sometimes I feel that I shouldn’t show my emotion the way I sometimes do. It all actually started on the baseball field when I was a kid playing tee-ball. I didn’t want to lose, so I did anything and everything I could in my favor to win. I did just that. I was 6 years old when I started tee-ball. I played third base and every time the ball was hit to me, I would run all the way from third base to first base to tag the player out. I did this because the first baseman could not catch the ball, but that’s just how bad I did not want to lose.

“As I got older, I can say my attitude did get out of hand, and it was because in my mind, I just couldn’t stand losing. I used to work on my game from sun up to sun down just so I wouldn’t lose, and after I would people would always tell me, ‘It’s just a game.’ Well, for me it’s not just a game; it’s a part of my life. People who don’t really know me, think I’m just this bad kid which is not really the way to judge someone.”

Added to that is questionable criticism on his decision to classify in the 2009 graduating class. Much speculation has been made on his decision, and for the first time, he shed some light on the subject: “I started high school at the age of 13. The seniors didn’t like the fact that I was a freshman on varsity. Because of that, the seniors would hate on me, and do things they should not have been doing. On top of that, we had family problems at home. My grandmother was very sick, and ended up passing away. This was very hard on me because of how close I was to her. I also have ADHD, which is attention deficit hyper-active disorder. Meaning my attention span doesn’t last very long.”

What can we look forward to seeing this season for the Longhorn signee? Hear it straight from the Don: “You will see a change for my 2008-2009 season. I’ve been working on my attitude and I’m not going to let it get to me anymore because there are other things in life people should be mad about. Just one game is not going to spark me anymore, but I will keep that fire that I play with.”

Turn and burn Jordan, turn and burn.

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  • awesomepossum

    In academia, early prospects are segregated and farmed differently. The same applies to most other fields and subjects. Late bloomers are somewhat accepted for exceeding expectations. I enjoy watching Rose, even Westbrook for that they’re not ‘exposed’ to us that early.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Jordan Hamilton, forgone conclusion that he’s an all-american candidate, he led his team to victory over Campbell Hall (Jrue Holiday), Compton High (Demar Derozan), Fairfax (Renardo Sydney) & California basketball juggernaut: Mater Dei. Jordan has also been in the Elite 24 game, he’s signed with UT, and before signing, was involved in speculation that he might go overseas instead of college *there was an ESPN article on him (also with renardo sydney and lance stephenson).

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    also awesomepossum, D.Rose has been on the scene since at the latest his 10th grade in high school, I don’t know if I would say he wasnt exposed to the public early. We are in agreement on Westbrook though; I think R.W. is one of the more enjoyable rookies to watch this year!

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    The Longhorns are gonna be stacked.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    agreed. UT is about to have a deep roster of UNC proportions. So far UT has 3 top 100 players in J-HAM, Avery Bradley & Shawn Williams. Couple that with a young, but experienced team? Filthy.

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    nice look. Good work Justin.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    Justin, good job once again man.. Hopefully Jordan will be cleared to play this year

  • awesomepossum

    no arguements from me J. I had in mind OJ vs Rose to my ignorant remark.

  • http://www.prepchamps.com PrepChamps

    Great video and article. Jordan definitely has the skills to become a star.

  • justin

    UT is not going to have a deep roster of UNC proportions

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    reason being? by the way arek, I think it’ll be atrocious if the CIF doesn’t award him the hardship exemption. and Thanks prepchamps, I agree, JH has the skillset and the mindset

  • Lanie

    jeez this guy is obsessed with winning.

    great job on the article justin.