Hamilton requested the waiver so he could be closer to his ill grandma.
Hamilton will appeal the NLI committee’s decision, Hamilton’s father said.
Hamilton signed the NLI in November
UTEP head coach Tim Floyd said he won’t release the 6-5 St. Bosco (Calif.) guard because he could potentially be the Miners’ best player.
"I'm sorry his grandmother is having health problems," Floyd said in July. "But what I'm doing, I'm doing for UTEP and for everyone else. The NLI is in place so you can field a team. Young people don't have to sign a national letter of intent. You can sign a scholarship paper. The policy is in place to protect the institutions after they've spent all this money in recruiting and built their schedule around and turned down other players."
Hamilton was ranked No. 32 in the class of 2013 by ESPN's RecruitingNation.
Floyd should do the right thing and release Hamilton because not doing so will only hurt the Miners in long run as this could dissuade future top-tier recruits from committing to UTEP.
While Hamilton won’t be able to play this season and will have to pay his own way to attend college or get a academic scholarship this year, he will have four-years of eligibility remaining starting next season. Plus, he gets to re-open his recruitment.
"We will get him in school and enroll him," said Greg Hamilton, who added that Isaac has been at home during this process. "We know he'll have several opportunities. We want it to be in the Pac-12 so his mother can see him play, since she is the primary caretaker for his grandmother."
UTEP went 18-14 overall and finished third in Conference USA with a 10-6 record last year. The Miners return seven letterwinners and three starters including junior senior center John Bohannon (10.2 ppg, ), junior guard/forward Julian Washburn (12.2 ppg) and junior guard McKenzie Moore (8.6 ppg, and 5.2 rpg)