Hammons says he’ll stay at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A.J. Hammons says he’ll return for another season with Purdue.
The 7-foot-tall center averaged 10.8 points and 7.4 rebounds to go with 96 blocked shots during the 2013-2014 season when Purdue finished 15-17, last in the Big Ten with a 5-13 mark.
Hammons, a junior, will be joined by a recruiting class that includes shooting guard Dakota Mathias, small forward Vince Edwards, power forward Jacquil Taylor and 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas. Mathias and Edwards are from Ohio, Taylor is from Massachusetts and Haas is from Alabama.
Thompson is expected to challenge sophomore Bryson Scott for the starting point guard position. Scott and Johnson shared those duties this past season.
Painter also said that with three available scholarships, he might try to sign a fifth-year transfer who will complete his undergraduate degree in the spring and will have a year of athletic eligibility remaining.