Derrick Williams and Jordan Hamilton: Familiar foesby Brad Allis on Mar. 19, 2011, under Sports
Arizona recruited Jordan Hamilton, but with all the turmoil during the final years of Lute Olson era, the Southern California swingman chose to look elsewhere and signed with Texas. Hamilton was very familiar with the Wildcats; he is Hassan Adams’ cousin and made a few unofficial visits to Tucson.
He’s still familiar with the program; he and Derrick Williams were AAU teammates.
Hamilton and Williams played on Team Odom, an AAU team sponsored by Lamar Odom and featuring players from the Los Angeles area.
“Yeah, our relationship is pretty strong,” Williams explained. “I’ve known him since ninth grade. We played on the same team throughout high school, and we played each other once in high school.”
Although the two are no longer teammates, and are not even in the same conference, they still keep in touch. They hang out when both are in LA over the summer and frequently text and call during the season. Well, that is until this week.
“I’ve been talking to him during the season and things like that because we’re really good friends,” Hamilton said. “It was just crazy, like I said, how they put us in Tulsa together. And now that we’re playing against each other it’s going to be like a reunion. But there are no friends out there on the court until afterwards. So as of right now he’s not my friend. I didn’t talk to him last night. Not last night, no.”
Williams echoed those sentiments.
“Whenever you play a teammate like that, of course we’re not friends right now,” said Williams. “I’m not going to text him. I’m not going to BBM him tonight or tomorrow. We’re not friends right now, just like he said.
“But after the game, win or lose we’re going to be friends after that. But leading up to the game, we’re not friends. We’re not friends during the game, through the game, it doesn’t matter. Right now we’re not friends, and that’s all I can say about that. But after we’ll be the same way we were before.”
The 6-7 Hamilton leads Texas in scoring with 18.7 ppg and is second on the team with 7.7 rpg. Williams leads the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding, scoring 19.1 points and grabbing 8.1 rebounds a game.