Dan Burt and the Duquesne women’s basketball program received their first commitment for their Class of 2019.
Amaya Hamilton from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana gave the Dukes her verbal commitment. All-Star Girls Report has Hamilton ranked No. 164 in the Class of 2019.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Hamilton to talk about her decision and becoming a future Duquesne Duke.
“It was a super exciting day for my family and I,” said Hamilton. “It’s just so relieving to know where I’ll be going and to be able to get to know my new coaches better and just focus on Duquesne. I couldn’t have picked a better school and I’m really excited about it. They’re a super fit for me.”
What were the final factors in this Indiana star deciding on Duquesne?
“A big factor is the way that they value education there and they have a great program for my major,” she said. “I plan on being a physicians assistant and majoring in health science. They’re nationally known for that. Also, the team and coaches were just so super welcoming. They have a very diverse roster and are girls that value both education and basketball.
“Coach Burt is just great and has been really fun to talk to. He’s super cool because he talks a lot about things aside from basketball. A lot of coaches are just about basketball but not him. He’s told me he wants my experience at Duquesne to be as enjoyable as possible. He has a lot of confidence in my ability which gives me more confidence in myself. That’s means a lot to me.”
“What’s special about Pittsburgh is that there’s so much to do. Also, it has so many job opportunities. They tell me that there’s a lot of internships which is nice with all the hospitals and the businesses downtown. I’m told you’ll never be bored in Pittsburgh, there’s always something to do which is exciting.
“I’m very tall (6-1) so I think I can be a wing player and be a 3 or a 4 which will make me versatile. If I’m guarded by a smaller person I can post them up and if I’m guarded by a bigger player I can take them off the bounce and to the basket. I also have the ability to play on the perimeter which will be a big thing for me. I definitely want to continue working hard to work on shooting the three but also posting up so I’m comfortable at all positions.”
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to a women’s basketball talent evaluator who gave us this description of Hamilton: “She’s an athletic forward with length who likes contact. Needs skill development but has a high motor and is a high character kid. She has an emerging offensive game.”