Hammons Returns To Purdue For Junior Season

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Credit: Purdue University Athletic Department

Purdue center A.J. Hammons

April 16, 2014 Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (21Alive) - Purdue men's basketball center A.J. Hammons will return to school for the 2014-15 season.

Hammons announced his decision Tuesday in a statement released by the Purdue athletic department.

He cited his desire for the Boilermakers to compete for a Big Ten Championship and intention to continue his education as reasons to come back for his junior season rather than enter the NBA Draft.

"There are a lot of goals I still want to accomplish with my teammates on the court," Hammons said. "I feel like we owe our fans some better basketball. Purdue is a special place with a lot of great people."

Hammons, 7'0" and 251 lbs., averaged 10.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game as a sophomore. He was selected to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.

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