Purdue '12 C - A.J. Hammons (Purdue Signee)

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  1. PHATBUCK13

    PHATBUCK13 My favorite athlete of all time is Myself

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    Indiana big man has long list

    Indiana big man has long list
    by Jody Demling

    Former Carmel (Ind.) big man A.J. Hammons is generating a lot of college interest but said he?s not interested right now in narrowing his list of schools.

    The 6-foot-10, 275-pound Hammons said Minnesota and Georgia Tech are "showing me the most love right now."

    But he also listed Cincinnati, Ohio State, Maryaland and Virginia as schools that are after him. He played last season at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy and will head back there for a second season.

    "I am not paying much attention to colleges right now," he said. "I haven?t narrowed it down and I don?t know when I will make a decision, maybe the middle of my senior year.

    "Everybody is in the mix right now."

    Hammons said he had early interest from the Indiana staff but in recent months hasn?t heard from the Hoosiers, who already have five commitments for the Class of 2012.

    Indiana big man has long list | Jody Demling - Recruiting
     
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    Recruiting: Hammons hasn't ruled out Big Ten

    Ex-Carmel center has benefited from Oak Hill's isolation
    Aug 2, 2011
    Written by Kyle Neddenriep
    kyle.neddenriep@indystar.com

    When A.J. Hammons transferred from Carmel High School to Oak Hill Academy (Va.) before his junior year, it left a 7-foot, 270-pound void in the state's high school basketball scene.

    Hammons, ranked as the No. 90 player nationally in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, isn't ruling out a return to the Midwest for college. He said he would likely make an unofficial visit to Purdue before he leaves for Oak Hill again later this month.

    "The Big Ten, that's my conference," he said while competing in the Gym Rats Basketball Association National Championship in Fort Wayne last weekend, which completed the summer travel season. "That's home for me. But I don't know for sure. I think the only place I wouldn't go is really far out west. You pretty much have to fly out there and I don't like to fly."

    Hammons, who had never flown before enrolling at Oak Hill, has a number of schools interested within driving distance of Carmel and his new home in Virginia. Jared Quarles, his summer coach with Spiece Indy Heat, said Cincinnati, Dayton, Florida, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Purdue and Wake Forest have shown the most recent heavy interest.

    "There are others, but those are the schools that have been the most consistent," Quarles said. "He's talked about being close to home, but I know there are some schools that he likes that are a little bit farther away, too. He's looking at it all school-by-school right now."

    The simplicity of life on Oak Hill's tiny campus appears to have benefitted Hammons, who said he has never been in better shape and looks the part.

    "Running miles and sprints," Hammons said of the routine. "Pretty much every other day is conditioning."

    Though he admits it would be nice to get home a little more often during the school year, Hammons has some experience living in a boarding school setting. He attended Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Home near Knightstown as a seventh- and eighth-grader.

    Alfreda Hammons talks to her son every Tuesday on the community phone at his dormitory at Oak Hill.

    "The thing about being up there on that mountain," Alfreda Hammons said of the Oak Hill campus, "is that there is nothing else for them to do. There are no distractions. The only thing he can do is homework, play ball and work out. That's been good for him."

    With a rare combination of size and skill, Hammons has realistic NBA aspirations. Part of the recruiting process is finding a college program that will help him get to the NBA.

    "What we're trying to do now is give A.J. information he can use to make a decision," Alfreda Hammons said. "Part of that is to find a coach that can help him get to the next level. We want him to be with a coach who needs him and will use him. Does he want to go to a big top-25 college or does he want to play a lot? That's part of what we have to decide."

    It's unlikely Hammons will decide anything before heading back to Oak Hill, although he could cut down his list of favorites soon.

    "I'll get it down to five pretty soon," he said. "I don't know when it's going to be. I don't have Twitter, but maybe I'll have somebody tweet it out for me."

    Recruiting: Hammons hasn't ruled out Big Ten | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
     
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    OSUBasketballJunkie Proud to be a Buckeye Staff Member

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    Hammons visits this weekend............Minnesota's official visitor this weekend will be 7-foot-0 center A.J. Hammons.
     
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    OSUBasketballJunkie Proud to be a Buckeye Staff Member

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    Hammons and OSU have cooled on eachother and moved on........
     
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    PHATBUCK13 My favorite athlete of all time is Myself

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    I think that's best for both parties....

    I wouldn't mind if he went to Minnesota...
     
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    Verbaled to Purdue..............
     
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    PHATBUCK13 My favorite athlete of all time is Myself

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    Wow!

    I didn't see this one coming. That's interesting. Well, atleast we'll get to see how he develops over the years. I think that's a good fit for him.
     

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