Cherry Creek two-sport star Julian Hammond III commits to CU Buffs basketball

A day after one Cherry Creek High School senior committed to play for an out-of-state school, another decided to stay close to home.

Julian Hammond III, an all-state roster for Bruins’ football and basketball teams, announced his dedication to the CU Buffs basketball program on Twitter Saturday night.

“Blessed to announce my commitment to continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Colorado! Thank you @CUBuffsMBB for the opportunity and to every coach who recruited me, ”the 6ft guard tweeted.

Hammond has averaged more than 20 points per game in each of his past two seasons at Cherry Creek, including averages of 21.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a Class 5A all-state first-team pick in 2019-20. He was also the starting quarterback for last year’s Class 5A state championship team, with 2,354 yards and 28 touchdowns on 187 of 298 passes with just seven interceptions.

Hammond’s roots, however, lie deeper on the basketball court. His grandfather, of the same name, played forward for the Denver Rockets from 1967-72, averaging 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds during his time in the ABA.

The day before, fellow Cherry Creek senior Al Ashford III had committed to the Wisconsin football program. The 6-foot-1 cornerback chose the Badgers over several FCS programs, including Colorado, Colorado State, Washington State, Wyoming, and North Carolina State.