Video: Watch A.J. Hammons' big night, dunk-a-thon

It was just a few days ago that BTN analyst Tim Doyle insisted Purdue freshman A.J. Hammons is a serious threat to compete for next season’s Big Ten Player of the Year. It was a bold claim, and it’s one Doyle won’t soon regret. Certainly not after Hammons’ latest coming out party against No. 3 Indiana. It came in a blowout defeat, but, man, Hammons was terrific. There was the career-high 30 points, the five blocks, and the dunks. Watch Hammons’ third and best flush of the night now and catch the others in this post.

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Even more impressive is the fact Hammons did what he did while battling foul trouble. The freshman picked up a quick two fouls, forcing him to the bench, and he finished the first half with three fouls.

Dunk No. 1

No. 2

No. 4

No. 5

And here’s one of Hammons’ FIVE blocks:

Check out Hammons’ freshman game log:

Date Opp Result Min FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA OR TR A Stl Blk TO PF Pts
11/9 Buck L 65-70 12 1 5 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 1 1 2
11/11 Hof W 83-54 14 4 8 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 8
11/15 Vill L 81-89 16 2 7 0 0 1 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 2 5
11/16 OreSt L 58-66 21 8 10 0 0 4 4 3 8 2 1 2 3 3 20
11/21 NC-Wil W 66-40 20 3 7 0 0 3 4 3 5 0 3 1 1 1 9
11/28 @Clem W 73-61 24 4 7 0 0 2 2 3 6 2 0 2 2 4 10
12/1 Xavier L 57-63 29 3 7 0 0 0 1 3 9 0 0 1 4 1 6
12/4 Lamar W 72-39 20 6 10 0 0 1 3 2 5 1 1 2 1 0 13
12/8 @EastMi L 44-47 31 4 10 0 0 3 6 2 7 2 0 4 3 1 11
12/15 @ND L 68-81 23 2 6 0 0 3 4 0 4 0 0 0 3 1 7
12/18 BallSt W 66-56 28 6 8 0 0 3 4 1 5 0 0 3 1 3 15
12/29 W&M W 73-66 26 7 13 0 0 0 0 3 6 0 0 1 0 1 14
1/2 Ill W 68-61 22 1 3 0 0 0 1 3 7 1 0 3 1 4 2
1/5 @MSU L 61-84 27 8 12 0 0 4 10 2 7 0 0 3 4 4 20
1/8 OhioSt L 64-74 22 4 9 0 0 5 5 4 8 0 0 0 0 4 13
1/13 PSU W 60-42 29 4 7 0 0 4 7 3 10 2 0 5 4 1 12
1/16 @Neb W 65-56 32 7 13 0 0 0 0 4 8 3 0 6 1 0 14
1/19 WVU W 79-52 18 2 6 0 0 0 0 3 5 0 1 3 1 3 4
1/24 @Mich L 53-68 24 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 2 2 2
1/27 Iowa W 65-62 30 3 8 0 0 1 2 3 10 0 0 3 2 5 7
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Dale on 1/30/2013 @ 11:51pm EST Said:

Break out game for Hammons. You could see things starting to click for him tonight. Blowout loss but lookout going forward.

Sonny Dotson on 1/31/2013 @ 9:39am EST Said:

AJ is the next big man of basketball. Look out next year! maybe even this year. Now if everyone else can step up. Go Boilers!

ArmyBoiler on 1/31/2013 @ 7:47pm EST Said:

He realized last night no one can stop him but himself. With R. Johnson and R. Davis getting better and Stephens and Scott coming in next year Purdue will be at the the top of the league soon.

F. Montgomery Pickens on 2/2/2013 @ 10:57am EST Said:

It was watching the birth of greatness.

In those few minutes, AJ Hammons (and everyone watching) suddenly realized just how great he could be.

He was by far the most dominant player on the floor, and that is not to take anything away from Oladipo, Zeller, Watford, and Ferrell who are all excellent players and future pro’s.