Catching Up With 2018 Guard Kaison Hammonds
If you hadn’t heard of 6’4 senior guard Kaison Hammonds from ThunderRidge before last season, you have surely heard about him now. Hammonds had a great junior season, and it started with a 38 point barrage against Doherty then followed it with a 20 point effort against Lakewood in the second week of the season, and the word was out that Hammonds could dominate the game. Hammonds average 14 points a game to go along with five rebounds and nearly five assists a game his junior season being part of one the top guard tandems in the state along with Corey Seng. Hammonds led the Grizzlies to the state semi-finals after Seng was hurt. In the state tournament, he averaged 22 points, nearly eight rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game including a 27 point outing against George Washington in the semifinals. Hammonds said it started to click, “When Corey got hurt against Chap, it forced me to take control and to score more while looking for my teammates.” Many who have been following Hammonds since he started suiting up and played in 21 games for the Grizzlies as a freshman are not surprised at his success.
“When Corey went down against Chap, Many who have been following Hammonds since he started suiting up and played in 21 games for the Grizzlies as a freshman are not surprised at his success.
Hammonds entered his junior season with one D1 scholarship offer which came from the University of Denver and new head coach Rodney Billups. “I talk to Coach Billups and Coach Ficke a lot and building a strong relationship with them,” Hammonds commented. However this spring he caught college coaches attention with tremendous games on one of the shoe circuits while playing for Billups Elite. “It really started to pick up after I got back from Atlanta,” Hammonds said of the recruiting. “I talked to Coach Pastner at Georgia Tech a couple of weeks ago, Coach Allen at Washington State and I talk to Coach Boyle a little bit, ” Hammonds shared. The interest in Hammonds spans across the nation with schools like Florida, Wyoming and San Francisco has called or written. “They all said they would come out in July.”
July will be an important time for Hammonds and Billups Elite. He and his club team will travel to Spartanburg, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas to compete on the club circuit during the open period. “I just want to win. The main thing is to win. The further you go the more coaches will come and see you so that’s obviously a big objective.” Hammonds while winning will look to showcase an improving mid-range game to go along with his shooting and driving ability. He also wants to show that he can defend at a high level.
With future plans to be a physical therapist, Hammonds is, “trying to figure out the best situation for me, the best fit.”