Daniel Hamilton's scoring could help post-Shabazz Napier UConn

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Connecticut's NCAA Tournament run was predicated mostly on the experience and talent of its perimeter players. The Huskies had Shabazz Napier, of course, but junior Ryan Boatright and fifth-year senior Lasan Kromah were also in the lineup.

With Napier and Kromah gone, coach Kevin Ollie needs to find scoring from other weapons.

Fortunately for Ollie, the Huskies might be more explosive on the perimeter next season.

Incoming freshman Daniel Hamilton was one of the best scorers in the class of 2014, capable of getting off his shot against any defender and gets points in a variety of ways. He's extremely lanky, but his length and athleticism will be an asset at the next level.

"I fit in good," Hamilton said last week at the Jordan Brand Classic.

Alongside Hamilton -- and Boatright and freshman Terrence Samuel -- will be North Carolina State transfer Rodney Purvis, another player who can get points at a high level.

“I talk to Purvis two times a week," Hamilton said. "We're going to make a big impact next year. We motivate each other.”

While the loss of Napier will be tough to overcome, the arrival of Hamilton and Purvis could make Connecticut even more dangerous offensively next season.

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