Yet another Red Raider found an opportunity to begin their professional basketball career, as Tommy Hamilton IV was listed on the San Antonio Spurs roster for the Utah Summer League in Salt Lake City from July 2nd to the 5th. Hamilton joins fellow Tech players Zhaire Smith, Zach Smith, and Keenan Evans in finding an NBA opportunity.
Hamilton arrived at Texas Tech as a transfer from Depaul. He averaged 5.4 points per game on 41% from the field and 38% from three his senior year. He started the first eight games of the year as the center of an all senior starting five this year and backed up Norense Odiase for the remainder of the season. He was fifth on the team in threes made with 30, and was fourth in 3pt%.
Hamilton’s floor spacing was key to the Red Raiders’ success on offense throughout the season, and his improved conditioning allowed him to play a bigger part on defense throughout the season despite having somewhat limited mobility. Over the course of his senior year at Tech, Hamilton lost 50 pounds under the watch of strength and conditioning coach John Reilly.
Hamilton’s 6’11” size and range give him a unique ability not everyone has and joining a well run franchise like the Spurs should give him a special opportunity. Tommy will need to play well to have a chance to stick with the organization, however his professional career is off to a promising start!