School: Ardrey Kell
Travel Team: Team Synergy
What Was Recently Said:
There will always be value in having a legitimate floor general, and few guys in North Carolina are more apt at running a team than Delani Hammonds. He's smart, quick, and heady, which allows him to comfortably set the tone on either side of the ball. Hammonds utilizes his tight handle and sharp vision to create opportunities for himself and others at a seemingly nonstop rate. He breaks down opponents, touches the paint at a high volume, and consistently makes intelligent reads with the ball in his hands. Hammonds is a crafty finisher around the basket, but has shown clear strides as a three-point shooter over the recent months. When he's knocking down shots at a quality rate, Hammonds is basically unstoppable. Even with his uptick in shooting, he still prioritizes making the right play and keeping others involved in the offensive action. He also displays great pace, poise, and change of direction with the ball in his hands. Defensively, Hammonds does a phenomenal job of setting the tone at the point of attack. His anticipation, toughness, and quick first step allows him to suffocate opposing ball-handlers and force turnovers at a healthy rate. He's fantastic in the open floor, especially as the decision-maker. Hammonds is someone who has all the tools to be an incredibly impactful player at the next level.
What To Expect:
Given the structure of Ardrey Kell for the upcoming season, folks should expect Hammonds to have a highly productive year. He's a smart, heady, well-rounded floor general with the ability to consistently outwork his assignment on both ends of the floor. Hammonds is quick enough to break down opponents and touch the paint at a high volume, where he consistently makes the right read to finish or set up others. He understands how to force defenses to collapse and locate the best available shot seemingly every time down the court. Hammonds is a blur in transition and excellent downhill threat, but has also shown improvements as a three-point shooter over the recent months. He's also a very pesky defender with the ability to force turnovers at a healthy rate and convert on fast-break opportunities. Hammonds is a natural leader who sets the tone, both by example and through production, on both ends of the floor. Whatever program secures his commitment will be getting a valuable piece.