Purdue Basketball Recruiting: A.J. Hammons Commits to the Boilermakers for 2012

James EvensCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2011

Purdue basketball got a big win today as star center A.J. Hammons committed to Purdue and finally gave Purdue some size that was much needed. 

Hammons, who played his high school ball at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, has roots in Indiana and decided to come home to play for Matt Painter and the Boilermakers.

This is a big-time recruit that will bring a lot of hope to Boilermaker fans as they have become used to success over recent years.

Hammons joins three other commits for Painter in 2012, creating what could be another great class. Some are already comparing this class to the most successful class in Purdue basketball history, which included Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson, and E'Twaun Moore. 

Hammons is a 7', 275-pound warrior who has great athletic ability and will bring a physical presence to the Boilermakers on the block, something the squad is lacking right now.

This news comes at a time that could not be better for the Boilermakers.

Gary Harris, the Hamilton Southeastern shooting guard who is being heavily pursued by some elite programs, is expected to make a decision soon on his fate.

Signing Hammons along with Raphael Davis, Ronnie Johnson and Jay Simpson, could be a major factor in Harris' decision on a school.

If Harris does sign with the Boilermakers, it would make it one of, if not the best recruiting classes in the nation for 2012 and would mean great things for the Boilermakers.  

With or without Harris, however, the Boilermakers have a very strong class, possibly Painter's strongest at Purdue, but only time will be able to tell if they will outshine the legend of the Big Three of Hummel, Johnson and Moore. 


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