Zendon Hamilton has an illustrious basketball career as a former player and current coach — and it all started on the Sewanhaka High School court.
On Jan. 27, the Sewanhaka High School boys basketball team retired Hamilton’s number 31 jersey during half time at a home game against Garden City High School. The Sewanhaka alum played center position on the school’s team and graduated in 1994. He was also a McDonald’s High School All-American and went onto play at St. John’s University.
Hamilton eventually had a long professional career overseas and in the NBA. Before going international, he played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers. From 2006 to 2012, Hamilton dribbled all over the globe, signing on with clubs in Poland, Russia, Syria, Ukraine and Uruguay.
After retiring in 2013, Hamilton jumpstarted his coaching career with the NBA-D League and served as assistant coach for the Idaho Stampede, Texas Legends and Agua Caliente Clippers.
Sewanhaka High School won the game 72-63 on the night of the jersey retirement ceremony.