By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports
The Bossier Parish Community College basketball season has been over for a few weeks, but Wednesday was still a big day for the Cavaliers’ program.
Derick Hamilton, a 6-foot-10 forward who broke the school record for field goal percentage for a season and a career, signed with the University of Texas-El Paso.
“Derick made tremendous strides in his time at BPCC,” said BPCC coach John Anthony Anglin. “His skill set combined with his ability to be coached solidified his name in our record books at BPCC. Derick’s presence on the block was second to none in Region 14. We are all looking forward to following his career at UTEP.”
It’s the third signing for a BPCC player in Anglin’s two years as coach. Anglin began his coaching career at UTEP an assistant coach in 2011 and later returned as assistant director of basketball operations.
“We are excited about Derick being a part of our program,” UTEP head coach Joe Golding said on the school’s website. “He comes from an unbelievable family and has improved as a player every year. His unique combination of size and skill, combined with an extremely high ceiling, will provide a low post presence for years to come at UTEP.”
Earlier in the season, Anglin said Hamilton was the player who made the Cavs go. “He’s packing a punch inside,” Anglin said “And he’s a traditional 5; he plays with his back to the basket and he has great hands and great touch.”
Hamilton, a Baton Rouge product (Broadmoor High), played in 30 games this season, started 23, and averaged 11 points a game. He had a career-high 20 points (missed just one of 11 shots) in a win over Baton Rouge Community College Nov. 21.
He also appeared in 15 games for BPCC in 2020-21.
Hamilton will have three years of eligibility remaining for the Miners.
Previous major college signings in BPCC program history include Mo Muhammad (Louisiana Tech, 2018) and Oral Roberts (Mississippi State, 1997).
BPCC was 16-14 this season and reached the quarterfinals of the Region XIV tournament.
Photo courtesy BPCC