WEST LAFAYETTE -- It seemed as if everything was going right for A.J. Hammons. Now, we have a setback.
Hammons, Purdue's sophomore center, will be suspended for the Boilermakers' first three games, two exhibitions (Indianapolis and Wayne State) and the season-opener against Northern Kentucky.
The reason for Hammons' suspension was not made clear by head coach Matt Painter. However, he did explain it's an issue of "conduct" and not an academic issue.
“A.J. has been suspended for the first three games of this season for conduct not representative of this program or university,” Painter said in a statement. “We expect the young men in our program to meet certain standards, and they must be held accountable when those standards are not met.”
This suspension continues a frustrating trend with Hammons, who had an inconsistent freshman season at Purdue. He averaged 10.6 points and six rebounds, but his first year was plagued with struggles.
Without Hammons in the lineup, it's likely that Jay Simpson and Travis Carroll will work in at center.