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CU men’s basketball lands in-state recruit in Cherry Creek’s Julian Hammond

Bruins star the latest in long line of Colorado recruits under Tad Boyle

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The Colorado men’s basketball program has landed yet another in-state recruit.

On Saturday night, Cherry Creek dual-sport star Julian Hammond announced his verbal commitment to join coach Tad Boyle’s club as part of the 2021 class. Hammond joins a class that already has received commitments from a pair of four-star recruits in Wyoming 7-footer Lawson Lovering and Washington DC prospect Quincy Allen.

Also a standout football player at Cherry Creek, Hammond averaged 21.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 21 games for the Bruins last season, according to the team’s statistics on MaxPreps.com. He shot .504 overall from the field with a .414 mark (46-for-111) on 3-pointers.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Hammond has been recruited by the Buffs since his freshman season and fills the third of at least five open scholarships for CU in 2021, taking a spot from 2020-21 seniors McKinley Wright IV, D’Shawn Schwartz, Maddox Daniels, Alex Strating, and Jeriah Horne.

Through the commitments of Lovering and Allen, and albeit with plenty of time remaining in the 2021 recruiting cycle, CU’s 2021 class currently is ranked 25th in the nation by 247Sports.com while ranking third in the Pac-12 Conference behind USC and UCLA.

Hammond’s commitment also continues a habit of the CU program under Boyle of landing the top recruits out of Colorado. That list includes former CU players Josh Scott, Wesley Gordon, Xavier Talton, Derrick White, and Dominique Collier in addition to current Buffs like Schwartz, Dallas Walton, Dominique Clifford, and Luke O’Brien. CU also landed former Denver East star Daylen Kountz, who transferred to Northern Colorado during this past offseason.