Hammond excited to be a Husker

Three-star power forward Jacob Hammond signed his NLI around 8 a.m. this morning and quickly faxed the paperwork in.

Comanche power forward Jacob Hammond didn't want to waste anytime this morning. He was ready to sign his national letter of intent to Nebraska when he woke up. The three-star power forward signed around 8 a.m. this morning and quickly faxed the paperwork in shortly after.

"It feels great. It's great be signed and heading to Nebraska," said Hammond.

Later in the morning, Nebraska issued a press release on their only signee of the day.

"I am really excited about Jacob Hammond joining the Huskers," Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said. "He has excellent size and length. He is a great kid who wants to get better and better. I was very impressed with him all summer. He plays in a physical manner and has excellent athleticism. I really think he has a lot of room for growth and development and is someone who will be a great asset to our program. It has been fun getting to know him as a person. I truly like him and think he'll be a valuable part of the future of Husker basketball."

Hammond, who had offers from Texas Tech, TCU, and Oklahoma, verbaled to Nebraska back in August after taking a visit. It was the feeling he got from the coaching staff that made him pull the trigger.

"I'm very honored. It's great to have coaches confident in me and look forward to coaching me," said Hammond when asked about Miles' quote. "It's one of the biggest reasons why I liked Nebraska so much. Coach Miles sees a lot in me and it's a great feeling."

The three-star product played for Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas last season, but transferred to Comanche high school in Oklahoma for his senior year. The Indians play their first game of the year on Dec. 4.

"I'm ready to go out and showoff a little bit, to show people how much I have been working this summer. How much better I have gotten," said Hammond. "I definitely have improved on scoring and putting the ball on the floor. I'm trying to catch from different spots and attack the basket, I want to be able to create my own. My defense has gotten better, overall as a player I have improved."

Last Friday, Hammond was able to watch Nebraska in the regular season opener on the Big Ten Network.

"Gulf Coast is a good team," said the new signee. "They made the sweet 16 last year. Most people thought it would be close, but Nebraska really killed them. I think it shows what Coach Miles is building. He's turning things around, they looked great. It makes me confident as a player that I made the right decision."

As a junior, Hammond played for national power Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas. He averaged 12 points per game in helping the school to a 29-1 record.

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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