QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Brad Hamilton traveled both near and far and had the chance to continue his college basketball career at a number of schools.
In the end, the John Wood guard, Pittsfield alum, and former People's Choice for WGEM Player of the Year, decided staying close to home was best.
Hamilton signed his national letter of intent with Missouri Valley on Friday afternoon.
And two of his teammates, Mike Roy and Raviel Burton, are joining him.
For Hamilton, his choice was an easy one after a visit to the Missouri Valley campus.
"A comfort level I had on the visit I had with the Coach Lance and their team, and then obviously with the two men from John Wood that are accompanying me," Hamilton said of the reasons behind his decision.
"It's been hectic taking visits, trying to balance school work and work, and open gyms. I've had this on my mind and it's nice to get (the decision) out of the way."
John Wood head coach Brad Hoyt says Missouri Valley is getting a steal in the commitment of Hamilton.
"He's a kid that people have missed on over the years. They just have," Hoyt explained.
"He's just a winner. He's that guy that can make plays that can make you better without even stepping on the floor."
Hoyt now gets the chance to watch all three of his former players at Missouri Valley.
Even more impressive is the friendship built by a trio raised hundred miles apart. Roy is from Lafayette, Louisiana while Burton calls the West Indies his home. And, their relationship will roll on for the next two years.
"It's great because we played together for two years and we know how each other plays," Roy said.
"I feel like we have a jump start on everything already."
Burton says it just makes sense to continue their careers together.
"We played here at John Wood and the chemistry was real good," Burton noted.
"I think it was a good opportunity to keep the chemistry going."
Missouri Valley head coach Chad Lance says the trio will fit in well.
"We were in need of three positions. We needed a point guard, we needed a shooter, and we needed an athletic forward who could get up and down the floor," Lance said.
"Throughout my searches and throughout a lot of the kids we saw this year these were the guys we wanted."
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