On May 27th 2011 OUHoops.com released the 'State of Oklahoma Class of 2014 rankings' in these rankings William Jennings stated:
4. Jacob Hammond, 6’9 C, Duncan:
He is an under the radar big man who has only played one year of basketball, but taking to the game like a sponge. Beginning to understand how to use long arms to patrol the lane and is becoming aggressive at attacking the rim. Underdeveloped offensively and inexperienced but has started to show flashes recently that hints at a high ceiling.
Player Comparison: Ex OU center Longar Longar
In their September 27th 2011 OKHoops Exposure Combine: Class of 2014 and 2015 Breakdowns it was stated Jacob Hammond, OKC Storm (Homeschool): This big man’s ceiling continues to rise as he excels on both ends of the court. On defense he is always active around the rim, swatting and altering shots, while also cleaning the glass. During the camp he continued to dunk whenever he got the chance thanks to running the floor well, but his ability to start stepping out for the occasional jumper might have been biggest sign of what is to come for Hammond.
And in October OUHoops.com reported that Jacob Hammond has been growing. "At the OKHoops.com July combine Hammonds measured in at 6 foot 7 ½ but came the September OKHoops.com combine he had grown to 6 foot 8 ¾." According to Jacob's mother (Sandy) “The doctor said his growth plates haven’t closed yet, so he could possible get taller, ” Sandy was speaking from personal experience when it comes to continuing to grow throughout high school. “I was 5 foot 9 at 14 years old and by the time the high school ended, I was 6 foot tall.”
William Jennings of OUHoops.com reported that "Just a few months ago Hammond was an unknown. Now he’s on the Sooners’ radar and has the look of a national recruit. Hammond is now settling down to take it all in. The 6 foot 9 post is still relatively new to the court and has seen his development skyrocket recently. “It feels great because I’ve only been playing for a couple of years and it is good seeing my name get out there.”
In fact Wichita Falls’ Hirschi coach Donald Hedge is familiar with top players in Texas and Oklahoma. The Oklahoma native often sees many of the best players from both states, as he runs the Elite 14 Showcase, an event that brings top teams from Oklahoma and Texas to Wichita Falls for a November scrimmage. Hedge has had the chance to watch Hammond, since he was a big contributor at the recent OKHoops.com Exposure Combines. After watching the young big man, he offered this assessment about Hammond:
“I see a lot of the top young big guys in Texas and there is not a kid in his class that I’ve seen in the DFW area that I would pick over Hammond. That kid has a motor and just plays hard all the time. I would love to go to war with him on my side.”
OUHoops.com' William Jennings went on to say Expect for Hammond to have a breakout year on the high school front for the OKC Storm, a homeschool team where he joins up with on of the top 2015 players in Oklahoma, Allonzo Trier. The Storm will play a national schedule as they hope to compete for the homeschool national championship.
The October 14th article 'Building for the future: Hammond & Harris' that was focused on the OKC Storm's new big man also mentioned a couple other members of the 2011-2012 HomeSchool OKC Storm Basketball Team.
Talking about Other in state visitors the article stated "Hammond’s OKC Storm teammate Allonzo Trier, a 2015 nationally ranked prospect, will also be in attendance. The 6 foot 1 freshman played against high school basketball players as an eighth grader last year for the Storm and put up several twenty point games against older competition. Trier also participated on Oklahoma’s Nike EYBL squad Athletes First, one of only twenty four teams in the nation to qualify for the Nike Peach Jam. Also attending from the OKC Storm will be Kole Talbott."
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The addition of Hammond as well as the return of one of the nations top prospects Allonzo Trier would appear to have 1st year OKC Storm Head Coach Kurt Talbott in a very good position to not only make the Oklahoma City Storm's 5th straight National Final Four Appearance it would appear that the Storm will be without a doubt one of HomeSchool Basketball's top contenders in March for a Gold Ball National Championship in Springfield, MO. In a week we should know much more about Hammond and the OKC Storm as we get set for the 2011 NCHC National Tip-Off Basketball Championship in Springfield, MO which is were the OKC Storm Boys will headline a field of several ranked HomeSchool Basketball teams.
HSLive365.com is excited to introduce this new HomeSchool talent, based on what I found online about Hammond it would appear that he is primed to be an instant impact player on the National HomeSchool Basketball Stage. This stage seems to grow each year and after one of the most active summers for the top HomeSchool Athletes we are very excited about the start of the 2011-2012 campaign. At the beginning of the summer it was announced that the THESA Riders Moriah Jefferson committed to UCONN & HCYA's Justin Jackson made the USA Basketball Team and eventually won a Gold Medal averaging double digits throughout the tournament. Later in the summer it was reported that Cally Shaffstall (now KC East Lions) had a record breaking performance at the Miss Basketball Elite Showcase and it was also announced that the Top Ranked Player in the Class of 2015 Allonzo Trier will be returning to the OKC Storm. Later on we found out that MHEA Eagle Torri Lewis was named as one of ESPNU's 'Terrific 25' for the Class of 2015. And finally it was announce last month that HCYA's Danrad 'Chicken' Knowles shook up the NCAA D-I Recruiting Class with his recent commitment.
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