Over the past couple of weeks we have been covering 2014 verbal commits to the Georgia Tech football program. This will be the first in our series of profiles on the 2014 verbal commits in basketball. One of the top recruits that should become more and more recognizable is center, Ben Lammers.
Lammers is a 6’10” prototypical big man out of San Antonio, Tx., who has played varsity all four years of his high school career at Alamo Heights, who are currently an outstanding 20-1 through 21 games played this season. Lammers is the guy they look to for that clutch defensive stop, block, or rebound.
His stats as a whole this season are excellent. So far through the 21 games he has 195 rebounds with 126 of those being on the defensive glass. He has blocked 91 shots which is crazy impressive through just 21 games. Lammers has only turned the ball over 23 times which is okay for a big man but not all that great.
His best season as a basketball player at AHHS was debatable, but according to his stats must scouts would say the 2012-13 season was his greatest and most successful season statistically. He scored 527 points, recorded 381 rebounds, dished 88 assists, snagged 49 steals, and blocked 194 shots. Not too shabby.
Lammers looks more like a defensive threat than an offensive threat. His shot blocking abilities buddies current NBA star, and former Yellow Jacket, Derrick Favors’ shot blocking abilities, and this season Lammers en route to breaking a career high.
One aspect of Lammers game that is going to need some work just like most big men is his free throw percentage. Making just 49% of his shots from the charity stripe this year, it’s clear he has some work to do, but then again, it was never Shaq’s strong suit either. Scouts would agree that once his free throw percentage gets a little better you can finally begin to run the offense through him, and when that happens, look out.
With All-Conference center Daniel Miller graduating after this season, the Jackets will look forward to continuing the tradition of a huge low post game, and to having seemingly every shot that goes up being blocked by Ben Lammers.