At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, hundreds of players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Antonio Hamlin of Combine Academy.
We’ve seen Hamlin countless times, including when our Patrick O’Brien previously stated, “For a team loaded with big-time talent almost everywhere you look, Hamlin is the one that gets looked over at times. I’m here to say that that shouldn’t be the case. Yes, he provides depth as a point guard for this team but this is a strong guard that knocked down tough shot after tough shot and isn’t afraid of stepping up when needed. Combine is loaded at the guard position but I have a strong feeling that Hamlin is going to be a key piece and leader for this team in critical times.” In addition to, “Will be a key piece for this team in a big way and is a proven winner on the court. Hamlin, who transferred from Mount St. Joseph’s, brings a strong feel for the game that the coaches are high on. He plays with great energy, plays unselfish basketball, and looks to create and find open opportunities for his teammates.”
Since then, Hamlin has continued to stand out as a capable college-level player. He’s a big, strong, unselfish wing prospect who simply knows how to contribute within the flow of the action. Hamlin can score as needed, but has arguably more value as an adaptable piece who plays hard, defends with purpose, and consistently looks to make the extra pass. He utilizes his body well to absorb contact as a finisher, rebounder, and on-ball defender. Hamlin also displays a nice feel for the game on either side of the ball. He’s consistently carved out meaningful minutes for Combine over the last two seasons, and could definitely be a useful piece at the next level.