ABOVE: Andrew Hamm, sophomore guard, brings the ball down during a 2017 basketball game. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
By Jose Chatham
When you’re in the right place, on the right team and you work hard, often things tend to go right.
For men’s basketball player Andrew Hamm, sophomore guard, things are going right. Hamm, who is 6’3 and 180 pounds, is from Houston. He graduated from St. Pius X High School in 2015. Hamm is part of SC’s undefeated start to the season. When coming off the bench, Hamm’s college career average is 10.2 points per game and shooting 75% from the free throw line.
On his official visit, it didn’t take long for Hamm to see that SC was right for him.
“It’s a great atmosphere here. I love the campus. I love all the coaches. I just felt at home. Some players get homesick. I have yet to feel that since being here,” said Hamm.
While making SC his home, Hamm seems to do everything right on the court. Tim Miser, assistant head coach, said, “Hamm knows how to play basketball. He can shoot and is very coachable. When you can do all of those things together naturally, good things happen to you. He’s become more mature, body and mind, and has received more reps. He’s been around us longer. He just has a natural feel to how things go here.”
Andrei St. Vistal, senior guard, appreciates what Hamm brings to the team.
“Hamm’s himself. He doesn’t ever try to be more than that. He’s a leader. He’s been here for a while, and has that experience to where people look up to him. He’s good at guiding the team. When we fall down, he gets us right back up. Off the court, he’s laid back, still himself and just one of the most loyal people I know. He’s my dude,” said St. Vistal.
During Hamm’s down time, he loves to listen to music. “Future is my go to choice of music. He gets me in a good mood and prepares me for the day ahead. My favorite song is ‘Inside the Mattress,’” said Hamm.
The classroom is important for Hamm, who is majoring in sport management and has a 3.0 GPA. After he graduates in 2020, he plans to go back to southwest Houston to open a sports facility to give back to his community.
“I’m from a hood environment. Not a lot of kids get to experience playing ball or let alone have their parents there for them. I want to open a facility to teach the kids not just basketball, but to teach them about school. I want to hire tutors and help them with ACT/SAT testing. I want to provide that for them so that’s not a bump in the road down the line. I know I didn’t have that growing up,” said Hamm.
Jose Chatham is a junior majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.