(DCC Athletics release)
GLENDIVE – Dawson Community College point guard Travon Hamilton has signed to play for the Dickinson State Blue Hawks next season, DCC announced on Wednesday.
Hamilton started 28 games this year and helped the Bucs to a 24-8 record. The Charleston, South Carolina, native averaged six points, five assists and three rebounds a game while playing 25 minutes a game as a true freshman.
Dickinson State is an NAIA school that competes in the North Star Conference. Head coach Josh Vaughan took the job right before the season last year when DCC alum Justin Wetzel left for a coaching job in the NBA Developmental League. Vaughan guided the Blue Hawks to a 16-13 record in his first year. Hamilton will join several familiar faces as Dickinson has already signed Michael Vandall from Williston State College, Melvin Collins from Bismarck State College and former DCC Buccaneer Christian Kappel.
“Dawson really tested me mentally as a freshman making me a better player and man,” said Hamilton. “Giving me all the credentials I need to excel at the next level.”
DCC coach Joe Peterson praised his young point guard.
“We had a lot of talent on this year’s team and Travon stepped into the point guard position as a freshman and held everything together on both ends of the floor,” Peterson said. “We were a much better team when he was on the floor. He had troubles getting back to campus after Christmas, but once we got him integrated back into the rotation, we won 10 of our last 11 before losing in the Region XIII Championship Game. He is a selfless player who doesn’t care about stats, but will do whatever it takes to win.”
Dickinson opens its 2018-2019 schedule with a game vs. Minot State on October 14. Many of their non-conference games are against Montana Schools like Montana Tech, Rocky Mountain College, MSU-Northern and MSU-Billings.
Hamilton is excited for this next step.
“Coach Vaughan seems like a really good guy and he actually believes in what I can contribute to Dickinson State University.”