The 6-2, 187-pound Sanders had just recently de-committed from Georgia, and Hammock made an instant impact.
"Our conversations are like me talking to an adult I have known my whole life," Sanders told BadgerNation. "It's easy to talk to him. It's like having a regular conversation and not like I am talking to a coach."
That relationship led to an official visit to Wisconsin over the weekend; a weekend that Sanders classified as eye-opening. Taking a tour of the city, campus and the dorms, Sanders was impressed with the ‘Jump Around' tradition at the beginning of the fourth quarter, calling it the best part of the game experience.
"They were telling us about and that we had to do it, too," said Sanders. "When it started, I couldn't do anything but record it."
Hearing from Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen that he's trying to build a family-first atmosphere in the program, Sanders – a three-star recruit ranked No.89 at his position by FoxSportsNext - spent time with true freshmen Troy Fumagalli and Chikwe Obasih on Friday night and junior Warren Herring on Saturday.
"They are basing their program on family and just being around the players and everyone else, I can see the players (are family) and they encourage that," said Sanders. "We were in the dorms until 11 and then a couple more players came over and we all just went out. It was like I was one of them. I loved it."
He also said he got to meet the entire coaching staff, including a conversation from wide receivers coach Chris Beatty that explained how important a guy like Sanders is to the program.
"Coach Beatty was telling me most schools just want players," Sanders said. "He said I was a ‘want' and a ‘need' for them. He said I would fit in good with the program."
After a weekend there, Sanders can not only see himself playing at Wisconsin, but being a part of the community.
"I can actually seeing myself living there for four or five years after I got out of the school," said Sanders. "If I didn't make it to the next level and I had to stay somewhere, I'd want to stay there."
Sanders was one of four official visitors on campus during the weekend, and was joined on the trip my teammate Jeremy Patterson, who is also being heavily recruited by Wisconsin and Hammock.
"It was nice going up there and knowing somebody instead of getting used to all these new people by myself," said Sanders. "The whole weekend as a whole was pretty nice. I would give it a nine. It was a real good environment and had a lot of fun, met some cool people."
Sanders says his top four schools are Florida State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, but he is still looking at Arizona, Arkansas and Missouri. With his team having another off week in October, Sanders hopes to take another official visit and continue his visits, hoping to make a decision by the start of basketball season.
"Wisconsin just went up after the visit," Sanders said. "They're my leader right now but will see how my other visits go."