Walking onto campus at a towering heighth of 6’9″ along with a lean 215-pound build, Tom Hammonds was brought to Georgia Tech as a key recruit to help Coach Cremins and the Yellow Jackets follow up on 1985’s run to the Elite Eight. All Hammonds went on to do was become a crucial component of four consecutive NCAA Tournament teams from 1986-1989.
The Yellow Jackets did not have a ton of tourney success during Hammonds’ time with the program, making it as far as the Sweet 16 just once. However, the Georgia Tech Hall-of-Fame inductee (1996) was a stalwart in the paint across seven career tournament games, averaging 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Hammonds premiere performance in tournament play came in a first-round victory versus Iowa State back in 1988. In that 90-78 win, he dominated the Cyclones to the tune of 33 points (7-10 FG, 19-21 FT) and nine boards in what is certainly one of the best postseason efforts in Georgia Tech history.
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