Posted October 28, 2013 on
AP on Fox
Purdue coach Matt Painter suspended starting center A.J. Hammons for three games Monday for violating team rules.
Painter did not elaborate on what rules were violated.
Hammons will sit out exhibition games Oct. 30 against Indianapolis and Nov. 4 against Wayne State (Neb.) as well as the season-opener Nov. 8 against Northern Kentucky.
A year ago, Hammons was one of the Big Ten's top freshmen. The 7-foot, 251-pound center averaged 10.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Painter had said he expected bigger things from Hammons this season after he reported in better shape.
In a statement issued by the athletic department, Painter said he expects players to meet certain standards and that those who do not must be held accountable.
BEST OF MAXIM
A.J. Hammons, starting center for the Purdue Boilermakers was suspended for three games by head coach Matt Painter on Monday for violating team rules. Painter would not elaborate on what rules were violated but it had to be pretty serious to suspend the 7-foot, 251 pound center.
Last year Hammons was one of the best freshmen in the Big 10 averaging 10.6 points and 6 rebound per...
This is why we can't have nice things. And a 7-foot center who everyone is ready to be a mutha in '13-'14 and potentially NBA-ready is indeed a nice thing. However, AJ Hammons has found a way to fit his lanky frame into Matt Painter's doghouse yet again.
Hammons has been suspended for Purdue's exhibition games as well as the season opener on November 8 against...
Purdue sophomore center A.J. Hammons will miss two exhibitions and the season-opener.
Purdue center Jay Simpson will fill the void left by the suspended A.J. Hammons. The redshirt freshman discusses that and more in this Boiler Sports Report video interview.
Senior guard Terone Johnson previews Purdue's exhibition with Indianapolis. Boiler Sports Report offers video of the interview.