2012 Intro: A.J. Hammons

After spending countless hours in the gym getting in shape, A.J. Hammons, a talented 2012 prospect, is starting to put it all together, according to his AAU coach.

Last year A.J. Hammons, a 6-foot-11, 260-pound center, drew the eye of talent scouts and college coaches because of his size.

Now the Carmel (Ind.) High standout is becoming more than just a big body. Hammons is off to a great start during his sophomore season and according to his AAU coach – Jared Quarles – he's starting to put it together.

"He's just starting to get it," Quarles explained to Scout.com. "He wants it."

Through eight games, Hammons is averaging a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds to go with a half dozen blocks per contest for Carmel.

"I think he's starting to figure it all out," the Spiece coach said. "They have a good coach over there and they have a good team around him. He's in tremendous shape and has lost 25 to 30 pounds and that has a lot to do with it."

"A lot of it he's getting more of an opportunity to touch the ball," Quarles added. "He's getting more one on one opportunities and he's averaging two or three assists out of double teams too."

But Hammons is also being more aggressive. He's developed some moves inside and he's been showing them off early in the season.

"He's making post moves," Quarles said. "What you see in a game now is he'll give you two or three post moves where last year he didn't really give you any. He's rebounding out of his area. He's taking control. He's blocking shots and his IQ has picked up."

So far this season Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Ohio State and Xavier have been in to see Hammons play. Xavier is the only schools to offer, while Minnesota, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Illinois have been in contact.

"It's picked up," Quarles said of Hammons' recruitment. "He's getting a little bit more national recognition as of late."

Thus far, Hammons, a 2012 prospect, has made trips to Ohio State and Indiana in the past. This weekend he's set up for another trip to Indiana, where he'll watch the Hoosiers in a Big Ten match up.

"He's planning to go to IU this weekend for the Illinois game because Illinois has been on him too," Quarles said.

As far as his recruitment goes, it's still early. Quarles said Hammons is in the beginning stages and still needs to see quite a few more schools.

"With a big guy and his development he's trying to get everything in line," he said. "He's got to get out and see these schools. A lot of schools have made contact to get him on campus, and that's something he'll do in the spring."


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