Sam Hamilton is a local guy who has spent the past four years at the University of Denver, as a teammate of new Homegrown signing Kortne Ford.
Hamilton, from Evergreen in Colorado, is a six foot midfielder who made 83 appearances for the Pioneers - a Denver Division I record - scoring three goals and tallying 13 assists.
In his senior year he started all 24 of his appearances and, though he failed to find the net, he did contribute with nine assists. Hamilton sat in front of a Denver back line that finished third in the country in goals against average (0.52) and third in shutout percentage (0.58). Five of his nine assists resulted in game-winners.
Overall, he started 57 of his appearances, including 42 of the 43 under head coach Jamie Franks, and was part of a senior class that finished with a 59-13-11 record, the third best mark in the country during that span.
During his last two seasons at DU, he was selected to the First Team All-Summit League. The 21-year-old attended Evergreen High School, where he was Second Team All-State in 2011.
Hamilton is not the first DU player to be drafted by the Rapids. Matt Harrell was taken with the 61st overall pick in the 2002 SuperDraft, while Liam Girard was a Supplemental Draft acquisition in 2006.
The former Colorado Rush player was a business major at DU.