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However, NBA scouts and others with NBA backgrounds share their belief that there is a place in the NBA for Hammons. “I always reference that game vs. Maryland,” said one NBA scout, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because teams cannot publicly comment on players. “He made two 3s in that game. He showed the full arsenal. He’s able to do a lot of different things. He’s able to shoot the ball, able to pick-and-pop. For a 7-footer, that’s a major difference in why he’s getting all this consideration.”
Working against Hammons? Some teams have character concerns after Hammons was suspended for the first three games of his sophomore season and benched for three games to begin his senior year. It’s not necessarily a red flag, but it does give teams pause. However, one scout said Hammons’ maturation could be a sign of his ability to overcome adversity and work through tough situations.
On Saturday afternoon, Purdue center AJ Hammons opted to forego the 2015 NBA Draft and return to Purdue for his senior season. Hammons has played in three seasons for Purdue and earned All-Big Ten 2nd Team honors last season as he was a key contributor in Purdue’s NCAA Tournament appearance.
Purdue sophomore center A.J. Hammons has announced that he will return to the program for the upcoming 2014-15 season, ending speculation that he will enter the NBA Draft. “I’ve decided to stay and continue my education here at Purdue, and there are a lot of goals I still want to accomplish with my teammates on the court,” Hammons said.