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12 Justin Hamilton
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  • 4L
  • Guard
  • 6-3, 225
  • Sarasota, Fla.
  • Booker High School
  • Major: Leisure and Service Managment

Can play both guard spots and some small forward, but spent most of his time at the point guard position… One of the nation's top back court defenders… A relentless defender, who also has a 38-inch vertical leap… Explosive first step and long rangy arms… Good in the open court and transition… Fantastic finisher… Finished his career ranked sixth on the all-time Florida steals list with 164… Ranks eighth on Florida's career steals per game chart (1.45 per game)… Eighth on the all-time Florida assists list with … Scored in double figures 30 times during his career… .Led UF in assists 39 times in his four years, including 17 times his senior season… Had 38 career dunks, including 18 his senior year… Played 113 career games without fouling out… Shot .771 (37-of-48) from the foul line in the final three minutes of a game for his career…

AS A SENIOR IN 2002-03 - Played 35+ minutes in 14 of the Gators' 33 games… Averaged 3.6 assists to 1.5 turnovers per game… Led the Gators in minutes played with 1,061… Had at least five assists in 13 games (5 vs. E. Illinois, 7 vs. Kansas, 6 vs. Florida State, 6 vs. South Florida, 7 vs. Maryland, 6 vs. Charleston Southern, 7 vs. Bethune-Cookman, 5 vs. Florida A&M, 5 vs. Georgia, 7 vs. Vanderbilt, 5 vs. Arkansas, 5 vs. Alabama and 5 vs. Tennessee)… Had at least five assists in 6-of-7 games from the Florida State to the Florida A&M game (the only game that he failed to get at least five assists was the Miami game)… Set a new career-high in blocks this season with 13… Set a new career-high in steals with 52… Scored in double-figures in 13 games this season (21 vs. La. Tech, 10 vs. Stanford, 14 vs. Kansas, 15 vs. Miami, 13 vs. Charleston Southern, 11 vs. Bethune-Cookman, 22 vs. Mississippi State, 10 vs. Ole Miss, 11 vs. Tennessee, 13 vs. Vanderbilt and 12 vs. South Carolina, 11 vs. Sam Houston State, 12 vs. Michigan State)… Defensively he held shut down some of the top offensive players in the nation - Henry Domercant, Eastern Illinois, 2-9, 7 points; Kirk Hinrich, Kansas, 2-8, 5 points; Steve Blake, Maryland, 2-7, 5 points; Derrick Zimmerman, Mississippi State, 3-9, 8 points; Ezra Williams, Georgia, 2-9, 10 points… Shot 50-percent or better in 22 games this season (La. Tech, Stanford, Kansas, West Virginia, South Florida, Miami, Charleston Southern, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, New Orleans, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Auburn, Sam Houston, Michigan State)… Hit better than 50.0 percent from the floor in 11 of 16 SEC games… Shot 100-percent from the field in two games (3-of-3 vs. West Virginia and 5-of-5 vs. Charleston Southern)… Posted a season-high seven rebounds in two games this season (Florida State and Tennessee, 2/15)… Went over 300 assists for his career with four vs. Georgia (3/4)… Made 100th FT of his career vs. Auburn… Shot 83-percent from the field (5-6) vs. South Carolina (2/25) and scored 12 points… Started 75th career game… Played a career-high 48 minutes out of a possible 50 vs. Miami… Has blocked two shots twice this season (E. Illinois and Arkansas)… Shot 71-percent from the field and scored 13 points vs. Vanderbilt (2/22)… Made a season-high six steals vs. Charleston Southern… Set new career-highs in free throws made (6) and free throws attempted (7) vs. La. Tech… Scored a season-high 22 points on a season-high eight field goals vs. Mississippi State… Made a season-high four three-point field goals vs. Miami… Played in his 100th career game vs. Arkansas… Tied for a team-high in minutes with 32 vs. Tennesse, marking the third straight game that he either led or tied for the most minutes played of any Gator (Mississippi State, Georgia and Tennessee)… Collected his 250th career assist vs. Bethune-Cookman… Went over 500 career field goal attempts… Played 69 of a possible 80 minutes in both games in the NIT Semifinals and finals (30 vs. Stanford and 39 vs. Kansas)… Topped the 200 assist mark in his career with four assists against Coastal Carolina…

AS A JUNIOR IN 2001-02 - The starter at point guard… Named to Collegeinsider.com All-Defensive Team… Led the team in assists (109) and led UF in assists a team-high 17 games… Scored in double figures 11 times… Led UF in scoring three times… Averaged 30.0 minutes per game - second best on the squad… Ranked second in the SEC in assist to turnover ratio (2.14)… Averaged 1.79 steals per SEC game, eighth best in the league… Led UF in minutes played per game in SEC games only (32.0)… Suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the Vanderbilt game on January 12th and missed the LSU and Georgia game… Scored a career-high 22 points with 10 assists and just one turnover at Tennessee… Played a then career-high 45 minutes in double overtime NCAA Tournament game vs. Creighton… Scored in double figures in five of the last 10 games… Had then career high 17 points and eight rebounds vs. Temple in first action since tearing left ACL vs. Georgia last year… Surpassed his previous career high of 14 with 15 in the first half vs. the Owls… .Also primary defender on Lynn Greer who shot just 4-of-19 from the field… Had five turnover free games, including seven assists and no turnover performance vs. New Hampshire… Had career-high six steals at South Florida, just two shy of school record and held leading scorer Altron Jackson (18.4 ppg) to just eight points… Had 14 points, five assists and five steals at Arkansas… Scored in double figures in three of the first four games to start the season… Had seven dunks…

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2000-01 - Was a starter in 11 of 14 games before he suffered a season-ending torn left ACL vs. Georgia on Jan. 17th… Had reconstructive surgery on Feb. 5th… Started the first seven games of the season, including two at small forward and five at guard (three at point)… Returned to the starting lineup in the New Hampshire game… Blew his left knee out on a lay up attempt vs. Georgia with 1:10 left in the game on a play that would have given UF a one-point lead… Named to Dick Vitale's national five-man all defensive stopper list… Listed as the Most Underrated Player in the Southeastern Conference by The Sporting News… Averaged 22.7 mpg after averaging 15.9 mpg as a freshman… Had 38 assists in 14 games after having 44 in 37 games as a freshman… Had 26 assists and four turnovers in last nine games before injury, overall had just 14 turnovers in 14 games for the season… Canned 10 of his last 12 free throws (.833) and 6-of-his-last-15 three-point shots (.400)… Had career high nine assists vs. FAMU… Had four dunks in Florida Atlantic game…

AS A FRESHMAN IN 1999-2000 - Began the year coming off the bench, but started the last eight games of the year at point guard… Also began the year playing exclusively the off guard spot, but played mostly at the point during the last 15 games… Saw his first action at the point guard in the last eight minutes of the Vanderbilt game… Scored in double figures four times, including a game-high 14 vs. LSU… Had 24 assists and 17 turnovers in his last 15 games… Had 29 steals in last 19 games… Missed his first 17 three pointers on the year, but connected on 14-of-his-last-33 (.424)… Was 7-of-9 from the field in NCAA games vs. Duke and Oklahoma State… Played a career-high 27 minutes vs. Tennessee, including all of the overtime period at the point guard spot… Surpassed career-high with 29 minutes vs. Arkansas… Went 14-of-20 (.700) from the field in a five-game stretch (DePaul to Kentucky)… Shot .625 (20-of-32) from the field in January… 7-of-10 (.700) from the field and averaged 7.0 ppg in SEC Tournament… Scored his first collegiate points with a bucket vs. Purdue… Had five rebounds in his collegiate debut vs. Florida State…

PREP - A 1999 graduate of Booker High School where he was coached by Lem Andrews (senior year) and Ron Strain (freshman through junior seasons)… A three-year starter who scored over 2,000 career points… Honorable Mention All-American by Street & Smith… Nominee for McDonald's All-American team… The 4A Player of the Year as a senior… Finished third in balloting for Florida's Mr. Basketball… Played just 15 games his senior season after numerous leg injuries… Averaged 27 ppg, nine rpg and eight apg as a senior… Named Second-Team All-State (4A) as a junior… Averaged 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as a junior… Had a 20-point first quarter against Sarasota High as a junior… Chose Florida over Florida State, Miami, North Carolina State and South Florida…

PERSONAL - Born Justin Charles Hamilton on Dec. 19, 1980 in Sarasota, Fla… .Son of Amy and Calvin Hamilton… Member of Black Achievers Program, the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota and the Keystone Club… Began playing basketball at the age of seven… Geography is his favorite class… Pretended to be Superman as a kid.

Justin Hamilton's Career Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB
1999-00 37-8 587 72-147 .490 14-50 .280 15-23 .652 64
2000-01 14-11 318 35-87 .402 8-31 .258 15-20 .750 25
2001-02 29-29 871 91-198 .460 31-93 .333 34-45 .756 97
2002-03 33-33 1061 101-179 .564 25-62 .403 38-50 .760 108
TOTALS 113-81 2827 299-611 .489 78-236 .331 102-138 .739 294
Year AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
1999-00 1.7 44 33 4 42 49-0 173 4.7  
2000-01 1.8 38 14 7 19 27-0 93 6.6  
2001-02 3.3 109 51 9 49 51-0 247 8.5  
2002-03 3.3 118 51 13 54 76-0 265 8.0  
TOTALS 2.6 309 149 33 164 203-0 778 6.9
Justin Hamilton's SEC Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB
1999-00 16-0 283 39-77 .506 12-28 .429 4-7 .571 28
2000-01 3-3 74 9-18 .500 2-6 .333 1-2 .500 1
2001-02 14-14 448 48-98 .490 18-48 .375 17-23 .739 48
2002-03 16-16 501 43-79 .544 11-27 .407 16-19 .842 45
TOTALS 49-33 1306 139-272 .511 43-109 .394 38-51 .745 122
Year AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV
1999-00 1.8 25 16 2 23 22-0 94 5.9  
2000-01 0.3 3 2 4 1 6-0 21 7.0  
2001-02 .34 56 29 4 25 22-0 131 9.4  
2002-03 2.8 46 20 4 21 38-0 113 7.1  
TOTALS 2.5 130 67 14 70 88-0 359 7.3
Justin Hamilton's NCAA Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB
1999-00 6-6 101 9-16 .563 2-6 .333 4-5 .800 10
2000-01 DNP--injury
2001-02 1-1 45 2-6 .333 1-3 .333 1-2 .500 3
2002-03 2-2 65 9-14 .643 3-6 .500 2-2 1.000 4
TOTALS 9-9 211 20-36 .555 6-15 .400 7-9 .777 17
Year AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
1999-00 1.7 5 8 0 4 8-0 24 4.0  
2000-01 DNP--injury  
2001-02 3.0 6 4 0 0 1-0 6 6.0  
2002-03 2.0 4 1 1 2 4-0 23 11.5  
TOTALS 1.9 15 13 1 6 13-0 53 5.8  

Hamilton's Game Highs
Points

Season 22, vs. Miss. State (1/7/03)
Career 22, 2x last vs. Miss. St. (1/7/03)
Rebounds
Season 7, 2x last vs. Tenn. (2/15/03)
Career 8, vs. Temple (11/08/01)
Field Goal
Season 8, vs. Miss. State (1/7/03)
Career 8, 2x last vs. Miss. St. (1/7/03)
Field Goal Attempts
Season 12, vs. Miss. State (1/7/03)
Career 15, vs. Miss. State (3/8/02)
3-Point FGs
Season 4,vs. Miami (12/21/02)
Career 4, 2x, last vs. Miami (12/21/02)
3-Point FG Attempts
Season 5, vs. Miss. State (1/7/03)
Career 9, vs. Georgia (2/12/02)
Free Throws
Season 6, vs. La. Tech (11/19/02)
Career 6, vs. La. Tech (11/19/02)
Free Throw Attempts
Season 7, vs. La. Tech (11/19/02)
Career 7, vs. La. Tech (11/19/02)
Assists
Season 7, 4x last vs. Vandy (1/22/03)
Career 10, vs. Tennessee (1/9/02)
Steals
Season 6, vs. CSU (12/23/02)
Career 6, 2x, last vs. CSU (12/23/02)
Blocked Shots
Season 2, 2x last vs. Arkansas (2/1/03)
Career 4, vs. Georgia (1/17/00)
Minutes Played
Season 48, vs. Miami (12/21/02)
Career 48, vs. Miami (12/21/02)

Misc. Stats 2002-03 Career
Times Led UF in Scoring 1 5
Times Led UF in Rebounding 4 6
Times Led UF in Assists 17 39
Double Figure Scoring Games 13 30
Double Doubles 0 1
20-Point Games 2 3
Dunks 18 38
Scored UF's First Points 6 14
First Player off the Bench 0 3
Three Point Plays 3-3 7-10
Final Three Minutes from Line 10-14 37-48
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