Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hamilton Could See Time at Point

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hamilton Could See Time at Point

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GAINESVILLE -- It seemed like a meaningless move in the latter stages of a blowout. Now it doesn't look so farfetched.

Justin Hamilton was on the floor late in last weekend's blowout of Vanderbilt, and was playing point guard. This is significant for two reasons: Teddy Dupay and Brett Nelson, the McDonald's All-America point guards at the University of Florida, were not on the floor.

"He's definitely a guy who is always very under control," Florida coach Billy Donovan said.

In other words, Dupay and Nelson aren't always. Hamilton (6 feet 3) gives UF more of a defensive presence at the point, and while he likely won't take much time from Dupay and Nelson, he's more than capable of playing the position if needed.

"I played a little in high school, so I don't really mind it at all," Hamilton said.

Make no mistake, Dupay and Nelson are UF's point guards. Dupay's intensity and warrior-like attitude are hard to take off the floor. Nelson's defense and decision making need to reach the level of his scoring ability, which is potentially better than any UF player.

Both were taken out of the Vandy game because of poor decisions, which led to Hamilton running the team.

"I would like to look at it more defensively because he can apply a tremendous amount of pressure on the ball," Donovan said. "We've only worked on it a couple of days in practice, but I like how he's looked there."

DRAINED AND WEAK(S) -- He has been battling bronchitis for almost three weeks, but Donovan still feels struggling senior guard Kenyan Weaks will become a major factor before the season ends.

Weaks hasn't reached double figures in scoring since Dec.30, a span of seven games. But for the first time in a while, Weaks played well in the victory over Vandy. Although he had only three points against the Commodores, he had five assists in 16 minutes.

Weaks' average has gone from a season-high 14.8 after his last double-figure game to 11.4. …

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