Hammons Selected for WUG Team Training Camp

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Rising sophomore center A.J. Hammons is one of 29 collegians headed to Colorado Springs this month for the U.S. World University Games Team training camp.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Rising sophomore center A.J. Hammons is one of 29 collegians headed to Colorado Springs this month for the U.S. World University Games Team training camp.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

June 3, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Purdue rising sophomore center A.J. Hammons will be one of 29 players competing for a chance to represent his country when USA Basketball holds its 2013 Men's World University Games Team training camp later this month in Colorado Springs. USA Basketball announced the training camp roster on Monday.

The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, of which Purdue head coach Matt Painter is a member, issued the invitations. The 2013 World University Games are scheduled for July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.

Hammons was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection in 2013 after leading the conference in blocks per game during league play. He also ranked in the league's top 10 in both field goal percentage and rebounding average in Big Ten games.

The Gary, Ind., native led the Boilermakers in rebounds (6.0/game) and blocks (2.0/game), while ranking second on the team with a 10.6 scoring average. He scored in double figures 19 times on the year, leading Purdue in scoring on six occasions, and produced three double-doubles.

Hammons finished his rookie season ranked 13th on Purdue's career chart with 67 blocks. His 2012-13 production also ranked second on the program's freshman list for blocks (67), third for rebounds (204) and sixth for points (359). He was the lone active freshman in the power six conferences to finish the season with averages of at least 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

In addition to his Big Ten All-Freshman Team nod, Hammons garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on Feb. 4.

Purdue has a long and decorated association with the U.S. World University Games Team. Hall of Fame former head coach Gene Keady led the 1989 squad to gold with the help of former Boilermaker stars Tony Jones and Stephen Scheffler.

 

 

Former Purdue standout Robbie Hummel helped Team USA claim bronze at the 2009 event in Serbia, and most recently, Painter served as the team's head coach at the 2011 games in China.

The USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center from June 24-30. Finalists are expected be announced on June 27 or 28, and the 12-man roster will be announced prior to the team's departure for Russia on July 1.

2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team Training Camp Roster
Eric Atkins, Notre Dame
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State
Deonte Burton, Nevada
Quinn Cook, Duke
Bryce Cotton, Providence
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
CJ Fair, Syracuse
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Davante Gardner, Marquette
Treveon Graham, VCU
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
PJ Hairston, North Carolina
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Luke Hancock, Louisville
Joe Harris, Virginia
Tyler Haws, BYU
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
Rodney Hood, Duke
Josh Huestis, Stanford
Cory Jefferson, Baylor
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Alex Kirk, New Mexico
Devyn Marble, Iowa
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Chasson Randle, Stanford
Will Sheehey, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Kendall Williams, New Mexico