Former Husky player and assistant coach Jason Hamilton joins Bob Rondeau to provide color analysis of Washington basketball games on the Washington ISP Sports Network.
In his final playing season, he guided Washington into the 1996 National Invitation Tournament, the school's first postseason berth since 1987. The UW played in the NIT again in 1997 during his first coaching campaign.
In 1998, Hamilton helped coach Washington into the NCAA Tournament, it's first NCAA berth since 1986. The Huskies advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984. The UW earned another NCAA berth in 1999.
Hamilton concluded a brilliant career in 1996 by leading the Pacific-10 Conference in steals with 59, an average of 2.1 per game. He dished out 103 assists in 1996, becoming the third player in Husky history to top the 100-assist plateau in consecutive seasons. His 123-assist ouptut in 1995 ranks sixth highest on the Washington single-season list.
A 1992 graduate of Hazen (Wash.) High School, Hamilton earned first-team all-state honors and was MVP of the Seamount League as a senior. After averaging 19.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 5.4 steals his final prep campaign, he was named to the USA Today honorable mention All-America squad.
Hamilton initially played at San Diego State where he was voted the 1993 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. He led the WAC in 3-point shooting (50%) and steals (2.1 per game) while averaging 8.4 points and 3.7 assists for the Aztecs.
After playing seven games in 1994, Hamilton transferred to Washington where he sat out the remainder of the 1994 season and the first part of the 1995 campaign. He averaged 7.4 points and 2.0 steals per game in 1995 and was named to the All-Pac-10 Newcomer team.
He registered a school single-game record nine steals at Eastern Washington in 1996 and led the team in 3-point shooting (47 percent).
Hamilton served as an intern with Prime Sports Northwest television in 1996.