Tyrone Hamilton Announces Decision to Transfer to LSUS
April 21, 2008
Shreveport, La. – Former Centenary guard and Booker T. Washington standout Tyrone Hamilton announced a decision on Monday that he is transferring to LSUS for his final season of eligibility.
Hamilton spent the last four years at Centenary, where he was a two-time All-Conference selection, including being named to the All-Newcomer team as a freshman in 2005.
Hamilton led the Gents in scoring in each of the past two seasons, while averaging 16 points per game and shooting over 39% from the three-point line last season.
“I am very happy about making the move to LSUS and can hardly wait for next season to start,” said Hamilton. “I had a great career at Centenary and I am very thankful for the opportunity they gave me. However, my decision to transfer to LSUS is the right thing for me at this time and I couldn’t be happier. I look forward to helping Coach McDowell and the team continue the success they have had throughout the past five years.”
After completing the most successful season in the program’s history, including a school record 31 wins and the GCAC regular season and tournament titles, many people have already begun to question how the Pilots will maintain the level of success that has been established over the past five seasons.
LSUS head coach Chad McDowell believes that adding a player of Tyrone’s caliber should immediately put the Pilots in position for another championship run in 2008-09.
“I am extremely excited about Tyrone’s decision to join our Men’s Basketball Team here at LSUS,” commented McDowell. “I have enjoyed watching Tyrone play for many years in high school and at Centenary and must admit that I am thrilled to have the opportunity to coach him next season. Tyrone has proven himself consistently at the NCAA Division 1 level, and he is a great addition to our program.”
Replacing four starters off of last year’s 31-3 team, including All-American’s Josh Porter and Jamon Morris, won’t be easy; however, Coach McDowell and his staff believe that they have taken a step in the right direction with Monday’s signing of Hamilton.
“As a coaching staff, we are excited about the returning players here at LSUS, but we’re very aware of the fact that we were losing a majority of our scoring from last year’s team and a great deal of experience and leadership,” added McDowell. “Tyrone Hamilton committing to play his senior year for us helps resolve a lot of our concerns with next year’s team. We truly believe that Tyrone is capable of being the best player in the NAIA next season.”