Hammonds Must Pick Sport(s)

Cliff Hammonds is a two-sport star who has to make a decision. The Cairo (GA) High guard has taken one official basketball visit and is fielding offers in both sports.

Cliff Hammonds, like many other two-sport standouts, has a decision to make. Football or basketball? He's a combo guard on the hardwood and receiver and free safety on the gridiron.

"I want to do both so if I do both I would have to sign with football," Hammonds said. "If they make me decide then I want to do basketball."

Hammonds' schools are just starting become clear. His football list reads Maryland, Duke, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt and he's been offered by each. Georgia, Clemson and Auburn are keeping tabs on him.

Basketball-wise it's a different story. He's fielding varying degrees of interest Clemson, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Cornell, North Carolina State and Mercer. Clemson, Mercer and Nebraska (offered in the summer) have made it clear he's got a scholarship.

"I talk to Georgia and Vanderbilt every two weeks," Hammonds said. "I just started talking to Clemson once a week."

Right now, he's got a pair of leaders. "I would have to say Mercer and Clemson. My brother is playing for Mercer this year. Both the coaches seem real nice and they seem like people I could trust in the future."

Hammonds visited Mercer the first weekend in October and was on Clemson's campus for an unofficial visit in August.

He enjoyed the Mercer visit but they lack one thing: football. "It was pretty good. I saw the new arena and it looked real nice. I sat in some classes and it seemed real good. It's a nice situation but they have no football."

Hammonds is a potential high-major prospect. An injury probably prevented him for becoming more of a household name. "I got injured last year during football season and I sat out most of the spring tournaments this summer. I started playing in late July with the Atlanta Prep Stars so I went to the Showcase and AAU Nationals."

Last season, the first-team all-stater in hoops averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.


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