Ben Lammers may not be the highest ranked player in the class of 2014, but he has certainly gotten attention from a number of quality programs.
As of now, Lammers has narrowed his list to Marquette, Georgia Tech and Miami.
“They’re obviously great basketball programs,” said Lammers. “I’m probably looking into being an engineering major and they all have good or great programs.”
Lammers is rated as a three-star by 247Sports and is considered the 19th best center in the class of 2014 by the 247Sports composite rankings.
The San Antonio native has taken visits to all three schools in the last month, and is aware that he is going to have to travel a decent distance no matter where he ends up next year. Fortunately, being far away from home is not a big issue for Lammers.
“I kind of decided a few months ago that I wanted to go out of state and experience a new area of the states that I haven’t been in yet,” he said.
Having lived in Texas his entire life, Lammers is used to the fact that football comes first. When he visited Marquette, he said it was nice to find out that the Golden Eagles don’t have a football team. Lammers said he likes the idea of playing for a team that is always in the spotlight.
“Marquette is a great program and a basketball school first,” added Lammers. “They don’t have a football team, so the basketball team is basically the main attraction. It’s a great feeling because in Texas, football comes first. It would be interesting to go to a place like that where fans are crazy about basketball.”
Even though Marquette has made the Sweet 16 in three straight seasons, Lammers said that he likes what he has seen from the Miami program. He said he has been in contact with Jim Larranaga, and likes the potential in South Beach.
“It’d be very exciting to play for a team that has a chance to make some runs in the NCAA Tournament and maybe another ACC Championship,” explained Lammers. “They look like they are building a solid program.”
The 6-10, 220-pound center said he hears from all of the coaches two or three times a week, but said that Brian Gregory of Georgia Tech has contacted him the most amongst head coaches. Considering that he wants to study engineering, it’s hard to find a better program than what the Yellow Jackets have to offer.
“That definitely helps them out a lot,” said Lammers. “Really, all of the schools are at least good enough for my parents.”
Lammers said that he hopes to decide on a school within the next week or two, but that it all depends on how he feels. He has a visit set up with Stanford for next weekend, but said that could change if he makes a decision between now and then. Right now, he has no favorite.
“I’m usually pretty bad at picking stuff so it has been a little bit of an issue.”
The Crystal Ball on Lammers is currently 100 percent for Marquette, but has just one prediction.