Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hammons in Action

2012 Purdue commitment A.J. Hammons, who plays for powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, ranked 3rd in the nation, was in action Thursday on national television against second ranked Miller Grove.

Hammons played probably less than 15 minutes (there are 32 minutes in a game in high school) due to foul trouble. He picked up two fouls very early on in the first quarter and sat for most of the first half because of it.

When he played he was passive for the most part. With the tempo of the game, and both teams running up and down, he was often overlooked. Part of the reason for his foul trouble - which contained some questionable ones that didn't have to be called - was due to the fact that he was guarding the No. 31 recruit in the country for the 2012 class, Tony Parker. Parker is uncommitted but is looking at Ohio State and Duke. Parker had 29 points and 10 rebounds.

He did show promise, however, specifically when he took a rebound and threw down a monster dunk in the first quarter. When Hammons dedicates himself to the weight room and getting into shape (which he has already improved significantly), he has the potential to be real good for Purdue. It will also help that he will be playing in an offense at Purdue that is more structured and an offense that will maximize his potential. Oak Hill is loaded with division one talent and Hammons isn't the first or even second option on the team.

Estimated Stat Line: 4 points, 5 rebounds and a block in about 13 minutes of play.

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