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It's hard to imagine that incoming freshman Isaac Hamilton, a McDonald's All-American, will play next season at UTEP.
Hamilton tried to get UTEP to release him from his letter of intent to play closer to home because of his ill grandmother and Tim Floyd refused. According to the El Paso Times, Floyd has alleged that USC, where Hamilton would like to play, broke NCAA rules by tampering with a player who had already signed. So it's highly unlikely that Floyd is changing his stance.
To play next season elsewhere, Hamilton would need to appeal to the NCAA Letter of Intent Steering Committee. KVIA.com reported last week that Hamilton has not filed an appeal yet. Isaac's father, Greg Hamilton, told the El Paso Times that's the family's plan.
If he loses his appeal or is advised he has no chance to win, maybe Hamilton will consider staying put at UTEP so he can play next season.
That sounds unfathomable, right? But for a talent who should have NBA aspirations, the quicker he gets on a college court, the better. And the easiest way to get on the court next season is deciding to honor his commitment.