Hammons confirms IU’s offer

Carmel High School sophomore center A.J. Hammons confirmed that Indiana offered him a scholarship during his visit to Bloomington for Saturday’s game against Illinois.

The 6-foot-11, 250-pounder said the visit didn’t include much beyond the game and a brief meeting with Crean and IU’s players in the locker room, but he came away with a good impression.

“It was nice,” Hammons said. “They have good fans and a pretty good atmosphere.”

Hammons said Indiana is the first scholarship offer he’s received, and as a sophomore he’s obviously a long way from making a decision. The standards for what he’s looking for in a college are, as you’d expect, fairly general.

“I’m just looking for a good, friendly college atmosphere,” Hammons said. “And a place where I can get stronger and faster.”

Also as you’d expect, Hammons knows there are a lot of things he needs to do before he’s ready for major college basketball.

“I really have to work on my post moves,” he said. “I don’t really have a go-to move yet. I have to work on my left hand, and on defense I have to work on staying down and not trying to block every shot.”


  1. Agreed, he knows he probably has a lot more offers coming. With the current state of things IU doesn’t hold the same luster as an offer from UNC, Duke, Kansas, etc. Maybe in two years but not now

  2. You must be right, GD. With the pipeline we currently have with Carmel (Fink and Moore), seems like it’s not if, but when.

  3. Were any of you concerned with your college career as sophomores in high school?

    I’m sure he’s excited that he’s getting some legitimate interest, but at the same time, he probably doesn’t care too much right now about where he’s going to college. Do you expect him to jump off the walls? He’s only a sophomore. He’s not close to accepting an offer from ANYONE. Why get giddy two years in advance?

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