Hamilton Voted C-USA Player of the Year

senior guard Alex Hamilton
March 9, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – For a second straight season, the highest individual honor handed out by Conference USA is headed back to Ruston.

The league made the announcement official on Wednesday morning that Louisiana Tech’s Alex Hamilton was voted as the 2015-16 C-USA Player of the Year.

“It is truly a blessing,” Hamilton said at the press conference. “This is something I have worked hard for. I want to thank my teammates for pushing me in practice every day. They push me to get better. If it was not for them, I could have fallen off and not been able to earn this award. I want to thank everybody, especially the staff, for helping me.”

If there was any doubt who was going to win the award, Hamilton made the strongest case with the way he finished the regular season.

Over the last three games, the senior guard averaged a whopping 32.0 points per game while shooting 67 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range. He also averaged 6.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 3.3 steals per game.

It was arguably one of the greatest three-game stretches ever by a LA Tech player.

The first of the three resulted in just the third triple-double in school history and the 18th in C-USA history. It happened to come in Hamilton’s final game in the Thomas Assembly Center, registering 25 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

The Chipley, Florida native followed that up with a career-high 38 points at Marshall, the most points scored by a Bulldog since Karl Malone in 1983. He then wrapped up the regular season with a 33-point performance at WKU, becoming the first LA Tech player since Randy White in 1989 to record back-to-back 30-point efforts.

“It is a great honor for Alex,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “It is wonderful that he has been recognized for his contributions this year. He has had such a great career in four years and has gotten better and better every year. It is great to see this happen to him in his senior year.”

 

 

Hamilton ended up ranking fourth in the league in points per game (20.0), 19th in rebounds per game (5.7), first in assists per game (6.23) and second in steals per game (2.06).

With those numbers, he became the first player ever in C-USA to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals in a single season.

Hamilton becomes the ninth player in program history to garner this award. Kenneth Smith was the recipient last season, marking the first time a Bulldog has taken it home in back-to-back years.

This adds to the postseason hardware for Hamilton. He has also been named First Team All-Conference USA, USBWA All-District and was a member of the C-USA All-Defensive Team.

He will lead LA Tech into a C-USA Tournament quarterfinal matchup on Thursday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m. against either Old Dominion or Florida Atlantic.

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