A six-foot-seven class of 2017 prospect, who is rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com, he was a force on both offense and defense playing in a team format last Sunday.
“I had a good camp working on my handle,” Hammonds said. “I was working on talking to my teammates and my shooting as well as helping on defense. I was trying to do a lot of things on the court.”
Hammonds played on powerful Norcross High team last season and this summer on the AAU circuit he played for the Atlanta XPress 16-and-under team. “My summer was real good,” he said. “I showed a lot of teams I can do some real good things.”
The prospect said he has been receiving attention from a variety of colleges including LSU, Georgia, Kansas, Tennessee, Florida and VCU. “I like a lot of teams,” said Hammonds, who noted he is still trying to get a feel for where he would like to play at the college level.
He noted that Coach Bruce Pearl’s Auburn program is one that has gotten his attention. “I would like to come back to Auburn on an unofficial or official visit,” he said.
A player already committed to Auburn for the 2016 signee class, four-star point guard Jared Harper from Pebblebrook High, helped end the 2014-15 high school season for a Norcross team that was loaded with talented players and should be again for the coming season.
“All we preach in the locker room every day is we are going to win state,” Hammonds said. “We were real close going to the final eight last season, but we lost to Pebblebrook. We know we are going to bounce back.”
Even though he is rated as the No. 1 power forward prospect for the 2017 class in Georgia by Scout.com, Hammonds said he can play other positions. “I am a three (small forward), but I can also play the four (power forward) and the two (shooting guard.”
At his high school and on his AAU team everybody knows him as Shaun. “The only person who calls me Rayshaun is my mom,” he said with a laugh.
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