BROOKLYN, N.Y. --- Former UConn swingman Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) became the 20th UConn player to be drafted by the NBA since 1999 when he was selected by the Denver Nuggets Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Hamilton, a 6-7 swingman who opted to make himself eligible for the draft after his sophomore year at UConn in 2015-16, was picked by the Nuggets in the second round of the draft, the No. 56 overall selection, but the pick was immediately involved in a proposed sale to the Oklahoma City Thunder. All transactions have to be approved by the NBA before they can be finalized.
Hamilton is the first UConn player drafted since Shabazz Napier and DeAndre Daniels were picked 24th and 37th, respectively, in the 2014 NBA Draft. Overall, Hamilton is the 41st UConn player drafted since 1965.
Hamilton, in his two seasons at UConn, proved to be a versatile player who exceled in many different aspects of the game. Last season, he led the Huskies in rebounding (8.9) and assists (4.7) and was second in scoring (12.5), finishing within 10 points of becoming the first player to ever lead the Huskies in all three categories.
Hamilton had three straight double-doubles in the American Athletic Conference Championship as he averaged 21.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists to lead the Huskies to the AAC title and was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. He was an All-AAC Second Team Pick, was named the league's Player of the Week twice and to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll once.
Hamilton had 12 double-doubles last season, as well as the 11th triple-double in UConn history. He had 17 double-doubles in his college career.
As a freshman in 2014-15, Hamilton was named the AAC Rookie of the Year after leading the league in rebounding. He was the only freshman in the country to score at least 300 points, grab 200 rebounds, and hand out 100 assists.
He started every one of UConn's 71 games during his two seasons, scoring 831 points, grabbing 588 rebounds and handing out 298 assists.