No decision date set for Hammonds

The Yellow Jackets are among the few remaining schools vying for the services of 4-star forward, Rayshaun Hammonds of perennial powerhouse Norcross (GA). Some of the biggest basketball names in the country have tendered offers to the southpaw, who will be a three-year starter. Norcross coach, Jesse McMillan talked to GoJackets.com about the latest news involving Hammonds.

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“Georgia Tech enjoys a solid relationship with Shaun and assistant coach, Darryl LaBarrie has been the point man in his recruitment, “said McMillan. Coach LaBarrie is scheduled to be at Norcross this week. He went on to say that LaBarrie, in particular, has been actively involved and that he and Hammonds have a relationship that goes back to LaBarrie’s days at Georgia State. Hammonds was the guest of Tech at the game with Clemson last week.

While Hammonds has dropped UConn from his shortlist because they recently signed a small forward, the silky smooth senior spent last weekend in Memphis, which remains under consideration.  New coach, Tubby Smith, further instilled the “family” nature of basketball in his program with a tailgate party stop before the Memphis football game and a visit to the Smith home, where he met the Coach’s wife. He was also given a tour of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies facilities, where he was introduced to several players. The downside of Memphis is the school’s reliance on working local high schools for talent as a prime priority and the fact that future conference membership is uncertain.

Weather permitting, Hammonds is slated for a visit to Miami this weekend after spending the previous weekend in Athens as a guest of the Bulldogs at the UGA-UT football game. A visit to Austin, TX is also in the offing.

As to when Hammonds will make his selection, he is uncertain whether it will be during the early signing period or after he sees what opportunities are available once others at his position have committed.

He’s had in-home visits from Georgia, Miami and Memphis. Most project the 6-8, 215 pounder to play the three-spot. During the summer he’s added some valuable muscle.

Hammonds is one of several Norcross recruits that Tech is targeting.

   


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