Center A.J. Hammons picks Purdue

Carmel, Ind. native and Oak Hill Academy (Va.) senior A.J. Hammons will return to the Hoosier state to play his college basketball after verbally committing to Purdue on Thursday night, ESPN.com's Dave Telep reported.

"Purdue chased him since his freshman year and stuck with him the whole way," Telep said. "With him it's simple. A few years ago Gary McGee came out of Indiana and they had the same profile. The hope here is that Hammons, like McGee, comes around and turns into a similar player. He's literally one of the biggest kids in the class."

The ESPNU 100 center chose the Boilermakers over Cincinnati and Minnesota, among others. He is the fourth recruit for head coach Matt Painter and his staff. The Top 25 class also features ESPNU 100 guards Rapheal Davis (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Ronnie Johnson (Indianapolis) along with power forward Jay Simpson (Champaign, Ill.).