The talented wing from Sophie B. Wright out of New Orleans, LA made it official committing to the University of Rhode Island earlier this week. It was a little bit of a shock to most that Hammond chose a school so far from home, but the he expressed how he felt it was the best fit for him going forward. “I chose Rhode Island because I felt the energy as soon as I stepped foot on campus,” Hammond said. “Head Coach David Cox makes you feel really comfortable with him & the relationship we built made me feel like I can trust him. The players embraced me when I was on campus & it made me see myself really playing with them next year.” Hammond had a hell of showing on the Adidas circuit this past summer, which made his stock rise even more to a bevy of schools. The 3 star prospect became even more intriguing to schools after he grew from 6-0 to 6-4 within a year. Hammond committed to the Rams while holding offers from Mississippi St, Ole Miss, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, The University of Louisiana-Lafayette, & a host of others.
According to 247 Sports Hammond is ranked the #2 shooting guard in the state behind Rayville’s Mylik Wilson. The 3 star prospect is very athletic, can shoot it well off the dribble, & has deep range which I see really translating to that Atlantic 10 conference in the coming years. “This is a moment I been waiting for since I was a kid,” Hammond said. “Even though playing college basketball was a goal, it’s not going to stop there. I envision myself making it to the NBA & I feel that Rhode Island can help me achieve that.” It’s evident that Hammond has gotten better & better every year, which is why I think he is no where near his ceiling. His ability to be able get to the cup at will & finish over athletic bigs is something you’ll notice early when you watch this kid play. “Over the last year I brought my game to another level,” Hammond said. “A lot of hard work & having a consistent work ethic really contributed to my progression. I have some great coaches that has helped me throughout my development like my dad, coach Jason, coach Newton, coach Charles, & coach Vincent.”
It’s no secret that Sophie B. Wright basketball program was a afterthought four years ago, but over the last 3 years things have changed. Just last season the Warriors finished with a 33-6 record & made it to the semifinals before falling short to Peabody. Hammond has played a vital role into this program’s turnaround, and this upcoming season you could very well see the Warriors back in the mix to compete to win a 3A state title. “Sophie B has developed me on the basketball court, but most importantly as a person,” Hammond said. “I spend countless hours in the gym with one of the coaches getting better & they don’t mind coming help any of the players work on their game. Things like being to class on time, making sure we’re in the appropriate uniform, just following school policies are things the coaching staff never let me slack off with. I love everything about Sophie B. Wright & I’m happy I came here for my high school years.”
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