Hamilton leaving York Country Day, transferring back to Northeastern for senior season
- D.J. Hamilton is transferring back to Northeastern for his senior year after attending the school as a freshman before transferring to York Country Day for his sophomore and junior years.
- Hamilton was part of the York Country Day boys' basketball teams that won back-to-back District 3 1-A titles the past two seasons.
- Hamilton is a three-sport athlete, excelling in soccer, basketball and track and field.
The rich appear to be getting richer when it comes to York-Adams League boys' basketball.
After going 30-3 a season ago and making the PIAA Class 5-A state boys' basketball semifinals, Northeastern will add another dynamic piece to its already stacked lineup.
D.J. Hamilton has filled out and filed the paperwork to transfer from York Country Day back to Northeastern for his upcoming senior year, according to his family. Both schools have been notified of his intentions. The family is waiting for YCD to send over Hamilton's transcripts from the last two years. The family must also submit health and proof of residence records to Northeastern.
Hamilton lives in Conewago Township and attended Northeastern as a freshman before transferring to YCD for his sophomore and junior years.
"The atmosphere would be different, sports-wise," Hamilton said. "Competition-wise, I just wanted to test myself even more."
Hamilton was a starter and an integral part of the two best seasons in YCD boys' basketball history over the past two years. During his two seasons with the Greyhounds, the team won back-to-back District 3 1-A titles and advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2016-17, the furthest in program history. The team was a combined 44-6 in the two seasons, going 23-1 in 2015-16 and 21-5 this past year.
Hamilton served mostly as a point guard at YCD, facilitating for the team's other dominant players, recently graduated Jordan Ray and DeAireus Brown and rising junior Jalen Gorham.
"I'm never going to forget what I accomplished there," Hamilton said about his time at YCD. "The people that helped me along the way, they'll always be part of my family that I've built over these years."
Bobcats looking strong: Now, Hamilton will join a Bobcats team that will return three of its five starters from last year's club that won Y-A League Division I, captured the league tournament and took the District 3 5-A crown.
Antonio Rizzuto (19.0 ppg) and Fred Mulbah (16.9) both ranked in the top 10 in scoring in the Y-A League a season ago for Northeastern and both return for their senior years. In addition, Nate Wilson will be back for his sophomore season after starting the majority of the team's games last season as a freshman.
The Bobcats will need to replace Brandon Coleman and Austin Greene, both starters from last year's team who graduated in the spring.
When it came down to the decision to return to Northeastern, the decision was primarily up to D.J., according to his father, Darrell Hamilton.
"All of his friends are there," Darrell said. "He's been playing with those guys and they've been talking to him. He's best friends with Fred Mulbah and he's been talking to Antonio Rizzuto. ... They've been talking about this for quite some time and he's anxious to get back."
Strong soccer player: Along with basketball, Hamilton also plays soccer and competes in track, with soccer being, arguably, his best sport.
Hamilton has already started practicing in open gyms with the Bobcats' boys' soccer team this summer and is talking to schools at all levels about playing soccer in college.
After talking to head soccer coach Bryan Stephens, Hamilton said he could be used down the left wing.
As for basketball, Hamilton is unsure of where he'll play, but is willing to play wherever head coach Jon Eyster puts him.
"Wherever they want me, I'll play. It's up to them," Hamilton said. "I was talking to Fred and Antonio about it and they gave me their opinion on where I would play, but, in the end, it's just up to coach Eyster on where I would play."
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