WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - According to a Purdue Sports press release, Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has announced that sophomore A.J. Hammons has been suspended for the first three games of the 2013-14 season due to a violation of team rules.
Hammons will miss the two exhibition games against the University of Indianapolis on Oct. 30 and Wayne State (Neb.) on Nov. 4, as well as the regular-season opener against Northern Kentucky on Nov. 8.
“A.J. has been suspended for the first three games of this season for conduct not representative of this program or university,” Painter said. “We expect the young men in our program to meet certain standards, and they must be held accountable when those standards are not met.”
Members of the Purdue basketball team talked about the suspension on Tuesday afternoon prior to the beginning of practice.
"I really believe that he is matured and I think that he can learn from this and really be more focused throughout the year. Now that this has happened at such an early stage in the season. I think it has the potential of helping us definitely," said Travis Carroll.
Sophomore Ronnie Johnson echoed Carroll's thoughts and believes Hammons has learned his lesson and this type of situation won't happen again.
"He knows what he did and he knows that the team needs him and I don't think he will let us down again," said Ronnie Johnson.
Hammons, a 7-0, 251-pound center from Gary, Ind., averaged 10.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game a year ago while earning a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
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