March 29, 2016
2015-16 Season Honors
â€¢ Honorable Mention All-America (AP)
â€¢ First-team All-District (NABC)
â€¢ First-team All-District V (USBWA)
â€¢ First-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
â€¢ Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (coaches)
â€¢ First-team All-Big Ten (Associated Press)
â€¢ Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (Associated Press)
â€¢ Big Ten All-Defensive Team
â€¢ Three-time Big Ten Player of the Week
â€¢ Finalist for the Abdul-Jabbar Award (nation's best center)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue center A.J. Hammons capped off his awards season today by being named an Honorable Mention All-America selection by the Associated Press (AP).
Hammons becomes the first Purdue player to receive any kind of All-America recognition since Robbie Hummel in 2012.
Last week, Hammons was named All-District by both the NABC and United States Basketball Writers Asscoiation and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as well as the league's Defensive Player of the Year accolade.
Hammons was named one-of-five finalists for the 2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award, given to the nation's best center. The winner of that award will be announced this week at the College Basketball Awards show in Los Angeles.
Hammons, a senior center from Gary, Indiana, averaged 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.1 assists while shooting 59.2 percent from the field. He was the only player in the league to rank in the top 12 of scoring (11th), rebounding (3rd) and field goal percentage (2nd) while finishing second in the league in blocked shots. This year, his 84 blocked shots were the fifth most in a season in school history while his 270 rebounds were the 15th most in school history. Hammons was selected to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team for the third straight year was a second-team All-Big Ten selection last year.
He finished his career ranking 17th in Purdue history in points (1,593), third in rebounds (930) and second in blocked shots (343). The 343 blocked shots are the fifth most in Big Ten history. Hammons is 1-of-2 players in Big Ten history with 1,500 career points, 900 rebounds and 340 blocked shots (Purdue's Joe Barry Carroll). He is 1-of-4 players nationally this year to rank in the nation's top 25 in both blocked shots and field goal percentage. He scored in double-figures in each of his last 16 games and finished his career with 25 double-doubles, 23 of which came against high-major opposition or in postseason play.
Purdue finished the 2015-16 season with a 26-9 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the Big Ten Conference.