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Top 100 Center AJ Hammons Commits to Purdue

There’s no mistaking A.J. Hamnons’ game. The 7′-0″, 260 pound center knows exactly who he is on the basketball court, a true center. It isn’t as if 7-footers with skills are growing on trees, and that group of basketball players are in high demand. Hammons, a native of Indiana at Oak Hill Academy (VA), will be returning to his home state for college, as he has committed to Purdue, according to

Hammons becomes the fourth prospect in the Boilermaker’s 2012 recruiting class, joining power forward Jay Simpson, and guards Ronnie Johnson and Rapheal Davis. Hammons was higher touted early on in high school, but has slipped in player rankings formulated by national scouts over the last couple years. He is talented and reasonably skilled, but at times takes plays off and drifts though games.

Assuming Purdue can get Hammons focused and in gear, he can be a multi-year starter as a center in the Big Ten. If the switch flips in Hammons, he has the updside to be a very good college post player, with a well-rounded game.

Other programs in the mix for Hammons included Minnesota, Cincinnati, and Wake Forest.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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