A. J. Hammons was a second round pick of the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. The 7′ rookie from Purdue is still a work in progress. However, he has come a long way from the overweight freshman that showed up at Purdue 4 years ago.The Mavericks plan to use the 7 footer as a power forward. Hammons is working on his overall game so he can garner playing time in different shooting positions. He will not be a back-to-the-basket center in the NBA. The Mavericks have 2 other 7 footers to use in that position. If you follow Big Ten basketball, you know that Hammons became a very quick moving player even despite his 7-foot frame.