Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future
Sunday, June 27, 2004
By Thad Mumau
Vetter: ECU, Hammonds right
for each other
Stu Vetter has
coached a lot of great teams and a lot of great players who have gone on to
college basketball and beyond. One of the things he looks for when matching
prospects with schools is whether it is a good fit.
Hammonds and East Carolina are a good fit,” said Vetter, whose Rockville
(MD) Montrose Christian School team finished 19th in the final USA Today
high school poll. He has had a team in that publication’s end-of-season
rankings each year since they began in 1982.
“Some kids are
better off in the South and some are better off in the North. Tommy is from
Florida, so the South is good for him. Also, I think he will have an
opportunity to play real soon.”
signed in the spring with ECU, is the son of Tom Hammonds, a two-time
first-team All-ACC forward who spent 12 seasons in the NBA.
“He has good
stock,” Vetter said, “and not just as a basketball player. His dad is a very
high quality guy, and that has carried over to Tommy. They both have great
Hammonds, a 6-4, 190-pound wing guard, averaged 11.2 points, 5.4 rebounds
and 3.2 assists and was the voted the most outstanding defensive player on a
Montrose Christian team that went 25-4.
explosive to the basket,” Vetter said, "and a good shooter. He got better
and better as the season went on, particularly with his three-point
shooting. He really improved there.”
about 35 percent of his three-point attempts and sank 78 percent of his free
throws. His best all-around game, according to Vetter, came against
nationally ranked Philadelphia Simon Gratz in the Prime Time Shootout as he
scored 18 points and had a fine floor game. He had a season-high 24 points
in a runaway victory over Enterprise Charter of Washington, D.C.
“Tommy has a
good work ethic,” Vetter said, “and he’s solid. He is also very athletic. He
could have scored more for a lot of teams, but (Montrose Christian) had five
players average in double figures.”
score more as a junior, when he scored 24 points a contest at Crestview (FL)
“We don’t take
many kids for just one year,” Vetter said, “but Tommy is an exceptional
young man as an athlete and as a person. It really helped him to play with
and against so many good players.”
the Pirates over St. John’s and Rhode Island.
“As he got
better,” Vetter said, “a lot of schools started coming after him. St.
John’s, West Virginia and Rhode Island all offered scholarships late in the
rounds out a 6-man East Carolina 2004 class that also includes Marvin
Kilgore, 6-3 wing guard from Philadelphia (PA) Lutheran Christian Academy;
Charles Bronson, 6-10 center from Philadelphia (PA) Lutheran Christian
Academy; Jonathan Hart, 6-7 small forward from Roselle (NJ) Abraham Clark;
Josh King, 5-11 wing guard from Trinity (NC) High School; Mike Castro, 6-8
power forward from Cumberland (MD) Allegany Community College.
Pitino rakes ’em in
noticed Louisville’s 2005 recruiting haul? It’s a doozie.
and the Cardinals have commitments from four of the top 100 rising juniors
as ranked by prepstars.com. The most recent is from 6-5 wing guard Terrence
Williams, who is No. 39, of Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach. He picked Louisville
over Kansas and Indiana.
to the Cards are from No. 9 Andre McGee, a 5-11 point guard from Moreno
Valley (Cal.) Canyon Springs; No. 14 Amir Johnson, a 6-8 power forward from
Los Angeles (Cal.) Westchester; No. 63 Clarence Holloway, a 6-11 center from
Chicago (Ill.) Harlan Community Academy; and unranked Lamar Roberson, a 6-6
small forward who played at Compton (Calif.) Dominguez last year but will be
a fifth-year senior at a prep school in the fall.
2005 class will also include transfer David Padgett, a 6-11 center who will
sit out this season after leaving Kansas.
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