Hammons a Work in Progress

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – It's hard to miss A.J. Hammons if you've watched his Spiece Indy Heat team.

Hammons, a 6-foot-11, 260-pound center, sits in the middle of Spiece's 2-3 zone and helped his team advance to the semifinals of the 2010 EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam.

Through six games, Hammons is averaged 4.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest. His best performance came on Tuesday, when he had six points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in Spiece's 79-58 win over Team California.

"I've got defense and rebounding down," the Carmel, Ind. native said. "It's just my offense needs to get better. I don't get that many touches, because every time I get a touch, I will probably like lose it. I have to get better and get the respect from my team, so they know I'm going to score every time.

"I'm working keeping the ball up and finishing at rim," Hammons added. "I'm working on finishing with contact

Since January, Hammons dropped a large amount of weight in hopes of becoming a better prospect and increasing his chances of playing at the high-major level. Thus far, his plan is working.

Hammons said he's gotten interest from Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, Indiana and Xavier. About two weeks ago, Hammons said he received a call from the UNC coaching staff.

"I forgot the name of the coach," Hammons explained. "They just told me that I was doing well and they said I just had to get in a little better shape. This summer I slacked off a little so, pretty much, I've got to get right back on it."

Earlier in the summer, Hammons made the decision to attend Oak Hill Academy. While Oak Hill has churned basketball stars like Ty Lawson, Jerry Stackhouse, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, Hammons said he's headed to Mouth of Wilson, Va., for more than basketball.

"I'm going to focus on my academics," he said. "I need someone to help me and keep an eye on my academics."

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