Originally written on Boiled Sports  |  Last updated 4/22/15
  He’s back! As first reported by…wait for it…the fantastic pros at Gold and Black Illustrated, AJ Hammons will be returning to Purdue for his junior year. Center A.J. Hammons will return to #Purdue for his junior season, http://t.co/DMak7bb69q has learned. — GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) April 16, 2014 Despite AJ’s self-acknowledged flaws, this is the best news Matt Painter has heard in a long while. The Boilers return their most talented player (by a huge margin), become two-deep at the center position (with the addition of Isaac Haas), and have an identity/focal point going in to the 2014-2015 season. AJ’s return also means Purdue avoids the darkest-timeline scenario of adding the Hammonstrosity to the already-absurd loss list (Terone and Ronnie Johnson, Errick Peck, Sterling Carter, Travis Carroll, and Jay Simpson). I recapped AJ’s sophomore year yesterday, so you should totally click this link and read all about it. Most of the analysis is in that post, so I’ll spare you...
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