Hammons’ AAU coach: “He’s gotten so much better in a year.”

A.J. Hammons might not think so himself, but his AAU coach thinks the Carmel High School sophomore center has an array of useful post moves.

“Last year he only had one move,” said Jared Quarles, coach of the Spiece Gym Rats, based out of Fort Wayne. “This year he has two or three. Right now his go to move is probably his drop-step. It just comes to him naturally. He’s also developed a hook shot and an up-and-under move that’s really effective. I think his go-to move is still the drop step, but he can use all three of those.”

Those are a big part of the reason Quarles thinks the sophomore deserves the attention he’s getting. Another is the physical improvement he’s already made since his freshman year. According to Quarles, Hammons has dropped about 20 pounds.

“He’s gotten so much better since last year,”  Quarles said. “He moves well, and it’s amazing how much stronger he is and how much better. I think it’s hard not to say he can be a great player at the major college, Division I level.”

Though Hammons didn’t mention it when asked about his scholarship offers, Quarles said Hammons has been offered a scholarship by Xavier. Also showing interest, Quarles said, are Minnesota, Purdue, Kentucky and Washington.