LINCOLN — Nebraska will be getting a post player with good ball skills who can shoot, Jacob Hammond’s high school coach said.
The 6-foot-10, 230-pound center from Comanche (Okla.) High School signed with NU on Wednesday. Hammond is rated among the top 150 players in the country by Rivals.com and was a consensus three-star selection by ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247 Sports.com.
“For a 6-10 kid, he’s really athletic,” Comanche coach Nick Price said. “He’s not only a post who can make good post moves, he can shoot the basketball and has some range on his jump shot.”
This will be Hammond’s first year at Comanche. As a junior, he played for national power Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kan., where he averaged 12 points per game in helping the school to a 29-1 record and a No. 6 ranking in the MaxPreps Academy Top 10.
Hammond, who grew up in the Dallas area before his family moved to Oklahoma, spent the summer playing for the Dallas-based Pro Skills and the Oklahoma Magic AAU programs.
As a sophomore, Hammond averaged 14 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks per game for the Oklahoma City Storm, a home school team, and played at Duncan High School as a freshman.
He’s ranked as the No. 2 prospect in Oklahoma by ESPN.com and 247 Sports.
“I am really excited about Jacob Hammond joining the Huskers,” NU coach Tim Miles said in a press release. “He has excellent size and length. He is a great kid who wants to get better and better. I was very impressed with him all summer. He plays in a physical manner and has excellent athleticism. I really think he has a lot of room for growth and development and is someone who will be a great asset to our program. It has been fun getting to know him as a person. I truly like him and think he’ll be a valuable part of the future of Husker basketball.”
Hammond is the first Rivals top 150 recruit Nebraska has signed since the site began ranking prospects in 2003. Hammond selected Nebraska over several schools, including Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech.
Price said Hammond had verbally committed to the Sooners his sophomore year but changed his mind before picking the Huskers.
“He really liked their coaching staff and was really excited about the new arena and all the new things the Nebraska program has going for it,” Price said.
Hammond has yet to play a game for Comanche, but he’s already making a difference at workouts.
“He brings hard work every day to practice and when you are that good and you work that hard every day in practice, it makes everyone else want to work hard,’’ Price said.