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Player Profile: A.J. Hammons

Player Profile: A.J. Hammons

PHENOM HOOP REPORT FEATURE PLAYER: A.J. HAMMONS 

Our feature player today is 7’0 AJ Hammons of Oak Hill Academy. We will examine the future Boilermaker with earlier evaluations and today’s evaluation of the talented center. The first time we observed AJ Hammons was the summer of 2010 at the Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis, Missouri.

June 23rd, 2010 Issue
Player: 6’11 A.J.  Hammons
High School: Carmel HS
City: Carmel, IN
Class: 2012
Phenom Hoop Report: HM

6’11 big man that runs the floor and has good hands is truly a blessing.  Hammons has solid fundamentals and has good moves in the paint.  He displayed a jump hook using either hand. Hammons has the ability to step out and knock down the mid range jumper, and displays a rather nice soft shooting touch. On the other hand, Hammons needs to improve his “toughness” and play at a higher level on a more consistent basis. Hammons has all the physical tools and a compliment of fundamentals and skill, but definitely needs to develop more passion and heart during an event. Hammons started off the event with a bang, but his play definitely tampered off after each camp game. Hammons best game was his first & second game.

September 2nd, 2011 Issue
Player: 6’11 A.J. Hammons
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Hometown: Carmel, IN
Class: 2012

Phenom Hoop Report: We first watched Hammons two summers ago at the Nike Top 100 camp in St. Louis, MO. Without question, Hammons has tremendous size. He is a wide body center that can occupy a lot of space on the low block. Hammonds has a “super soft” shooting touch around the basket and has the ability to use either hand. In addition, one of his strongest attributes is his “soft hands.” Over the past 2 years, Hammons’ rankings have dropped due to his “perceived lack of effort” at times. It is very difficult to argue that his young man has a tremendous upside when he is motivated to being as good as his potential. Simply put, this young man is a “sleeping giant” and once the “light bulb” goes off on a consistent basis, Hammons has the ability and potential to be as good as he wants to be. If yesterday was any indication, he looked motivated and played with the ability many expect out of his young man. He was dominant in the post as he continually used his wide body and big frame to post up on the low block. He worked hard to gain an advantage and if the opposing player plays behind him, he has an excellent shooting touch around the basket. Definitely a top 100 prospect or higher in the 2012 class!

When asked what schools were his favorites, he mentioned he was “wide open.” He did state Purdue, Minnesota, Cincinnati, and Wake Forest have all showed a lot of interest in his services. While we currently have Hammonds ranked #77, he does have the ability to be much more of an impact at the college level if he brings it every game and if his determination matches his skill set, watch out!

October 27th, 2011 Issue
Player: 7’0 AJ Hammons
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
School: Oak Hill
Class: 2012
Verbal: Purdue
Evaluation: The best way to describe Hammons is “Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Hammons tallied 7 points, 8 rebounds, and blocks several shots. He just needs to give 100% effort 100% of the time. He has the physical presence to dominate high school games and at times shows glimpses of stardom

November 29th, 2011 Issue
Player: AJ Hammons
Grade: 168
PPG: 7.7
RPG: 7.2
FG%: 63%
FT%: 68%
Comment: Hammons has shown signs of dominance especially on the defensive end of the floor. He is averaging 5.1 shots per game and has gone 32-51 from the floor for 63% while hitting 13-19 from the free throw line for 68%. He leads the team in rebounds (72) and blocked shots (45) Hammons has developed a nice jump hook shot on the low block and has been efficient and effective. The next step in his development is to continue to play with passion and purpose for the entire game. His presence in the middle will be crucial to the overall success of Oak Hill this season against bigger and more athletic teams.

January 19th, 2012
Player: AJ Hammons
PPG: 7.5
RPG: 7.9
BPG: 3.6
FG%: 64%

Evaluation: With the exception of the game against Miller Grove on national TV, Hammons has excelled in all of Oak Hill’s key match-up games against nationally ranked teams. Against Millers Grove, he got whistles for two quick “nickel dime” calls and his foul problems prevented him from playing his normal game. While Hammons does have a tendency to play down to the competition, but he also has a tendency to play up against the best competition and it has been his steady improvement and development that has projected Hammons into a Top 50 player nationally in our opinion. While his overall stats will not “wow” you, it is his presence on the defensive end of the court that is impressive. In the blowout win over Prestonwood, his sheer presence on the interior set the tone for the Warriors of Oak Hill and his play on the second half of the season will help determine the chances/opportunity of giving Coach Steve Smith and Oak Hill its 8th National High School Championship. 

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  1. Persephone C. Goodwin

    Do you only follow/write about Oak Hill players? Loved the article on Jordan Adams. He’s a family friend and former teammate of my son. I, personally, enjoy keeping up with the kids in the class of 2012. Good work…

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