Hammink follows dad's footsteps to LSU


On Monday afternoon, LSU landed its first Johnny Jones basketball recruit in Shavon Coleman. Just hours later, news of another Tigers recruit surfaced.

Shane Hammink, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Holland via Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain, joined Coleman in the LSU signing class. The son of former LSU star Geert Hammink is considered one of the top prospects his age in Europe.

In the 2011 U18 European Championships, he averaged 12.3 points in seven games for the Netherlands. He was named the MVP of a major tournament recently at Tourcoring, France after he averaged 14 points a game for CBA. In the 2010 U16 European championships, he averaged 17.8 points and 8.9 rebounds.

CBA, an academy for players aspiring for college and pro careers, played a lot of top competition, including a trip this season to an American tournament where it competed against American prep schools. Hammink reportedly had an offer from Florida, among others.

The younger Hammink was born in Baton Rouge and his mother is from Louisiana. He grew up in Holland after his father's professional career, which included some NBA action, moved them to Europe. While his dad was a true center best remembered by LSU fans as Shaquille O'Neal's backup, Shane Hammink is noted as one of Europe's best perimeter defenders.

"We look forward to the addition of Shane because of his ability to pass, shoot and create opportunities for others on the floor," LSU coach Johnny Jones said. "He has the ability to guard the 1, 2 or 3 spots, so with that versatility it will allow us to play a different way and it will bring a lot to our basketball team."

If LSU can get the kind of production from Shane Hammink that it got from his father, it will be a successful marriage.

While most remember him as a backup, Geert Hammink made all-SEC averaged 15.2 points and 10.2 rebounds in his senior year at LSU in 1993, the year after O'Neal left for the NBA.

"It says a lot for the son of one of our former players being the first to commit to this staff," said Jones, who was an LSU assistant coach when Geert Hammink was a player. "It means a lot to me because of the relationship I have had with Geert through the years."

Like Coleman, Hammink was being recruited by Trent Johnson's coaching staff before Johnson left for TCU. Like Coleman, Hammink adds length for LSU at the wing, making it far more likely that the Tigers can pull a four-out, one-in look with the potential of playing three 6-foot-6 wings -- Hammink, Coleman and returning starter Ralston Turner -- simultaneously along with big man Johnny O'Bryant and point guard Anthony Hickey.

LSU now has three signed players in total in its recruiting class. Malik Morgan, a 6-3 guard from John Curtis Christian in suburban New Orleans, signed with the Tigers in the early signing period. LSU still has three scholarships it can give and will likely target at least one big man.