RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech men's basketball head coach Michael White announced the signings of guard Alex Hamilton and forward Demetrius Moore to national letters of intent on Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period.
"This was an extremely successful recruiting season for us," said White. "We have two seniors and we were able to fill those scholarships with our top backcourt and frontcourt targets. My staff did a tremendous job of team evaluating and recruiting."
Hamilton is a 6-foot-4-inch, 180-pound guard from Chipley, Fla. During his junior year, Hamilton averaged 18 points, four rebounds and four steals while helping lead Chipley HS to a 27-1 record, with the lone defeat coming in the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A regional quarterfinals.
"I decided on Louisiana Tech because the school seemed like a good fit for me and on my visit the coaches made it feel like a family," said Hamilton.
Hamilton was rated the fourth best senior in summer rankings in Florida and the 23rd best shooting guard in the country by SourceHoops.com and Scouts.com, respectively.
"Alex is a coach's son who has a very high basketball IQ and great feel for the game," White said. "He's 6-4 and left-handed which makes him a tough matchup at the point guard position with the versatility to move off the ball."
Moore is rated one of the top junior college forwards in the country while playing for Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla., and he will have two years of eligibility left on the court.
"Demetrius is an athletic, versatile and skilled forward who has great hands, can really score and also gives us another shot-blocking presence on the interior," said White. "We expect him to have an immediate impact next season. He is learning every day under (coach) Steve Forbes who runs Division I-type practices (at Northwest Florida). He will also be playing a rigorous junior college schedule this year."
The 6-foot-8-inch, 220-pound Paxton, Fla. native is the second player that Tech has signed from Northwest Florida State College, the other being Marcus Elliot who finished his Bulldog career in 2007.
"I chose Louisiana Tech because I like the coaching staff and that I will have an opportunity to help contribute immediately," said Moore.
In his senior year of high school in 2010, Moore helped lead Paxton to the Florida Class 1A regional finals and a 25-4 record while averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks a game. He was also named the All-Sports Association/Daily News Basketball Player of the Year for small schools (Class 1A-3A) and was selected Florida Class 1A all-state by the Florida Sports Writers Association.
"These two were the first prospects that we visited this fall, and they committed shortly afterwards," White said. "They both exemplify what we want at Louisiana Tech. They are talented, winners, high-character young men, and they are very excited to be Bulldogs."
Chipley, Fla. (Chipley HS)
High School: Ranked as fourth best player in Florida in the summer rankings by SourceHoops.com... Rated as 23rd best shooting guard in the country by Scouts.com... Ranked 14 in Florida by ESPN with a scout grade of 88... Lettered three years for Coach Joel Orlando... Helped lead Chipley HS to District 1-3A title as a junior... Helped lead the Tigers regional quarterfinals and 27-1 record in the 2010-11 season... Averaged 18 points, four rebounds and four steals per game as a junior... Selected to Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-state team for Class 3A in 2011... Name MVP of Enterprise Christmas Tournament... Named team's Offensive Player of the Year... Personal: Full name is George Alexander Hamilton III... Son of Brenda Gaynor and the late George Hamilton... Has one sister, Linda Robinson and one brother, Ryan Hamilton... Born Oct. 5, 1993 in Marianna, Fla.
Paxton, Fla. (Northwest Florida State College)
Northwest Florida State College: Coached by Bruce Stewart, Joe Richardson and Steve Forbes... Rated one of the top junior college players in the country... Played in 21 games... Helped lead team to 24-7 record... High School: Lettered four years for Coach Jeff Bradley at Paxton High School... Helped lead Paxton to the District 1-1A title all four years... Helped lead the Bobcats to the Florida Class 1A Regional Finals in 2010... Led Paxton to Regional Semifinals his junior and sophomore years... Named All Sports Association/Daily News Basketball Player of the Year for small schools in 2010... Florida Class 1A fourth team selection in 2010... Personal: Full name is Demetrius James Moore... Son of Kimberly Vickers and James Moore... Has one brother, DeAndre... Born Dec. 28, 1991 in Paxton, Fla.