Royce Hamm is an elite student-athlete currently attending Aldine Davis High School in Houston, Texas. Royce is one of the most sought after high school prospects in the country, currently ranked the #83 player in the country for the class of 2017 per ESPN. The 6’8 forward is a priority for college coaches seeking a versatile player with the skill set to stretch defenses with a pure stroke from deep, while having the size, length, and athleticism to finish at the rim and block shots on the defensive end.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the move to Pro Skills. Can you tell us how things are going for the team and for you individually?
RH: I feel that joining Pro Skills was a hard decision for me, but it helped me showcase my game more and gave me a little more exposure. The team is great, everyone is positive and cares about the team, not just all about themselves as individuals.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
RH: I am a stretch 4, pick and pop or pick and roll type guy. I can catch the ball elbow extended and make a move and get to the basket, and I shoot the ball very good as well.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
RH: Every day I get in the gym and shoot and also work on ballhandling. If I can’t get in the gym, I’ll grab my ball and go outside my house and work on ballhandling.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
RH: Me and my family are real big on academics. I don’t really have a favorite subject in particular, I just go to school and focus on my studies and complete my assignments.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
RH: I plan on majoring in sports management or kinesiology.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
RH: I’m a big fan of shoes. I love my kicks! I do a lot of other things like hanging with my friends and family because basketball can get a little overwhelming, so I try to do other things as well.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
RH: Texas, FSU, Clemson, Rice, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Memphis, UT Arlington, LSU, New Mexico, Nebraska, Creighton, Vanderbilt, TCU, SMU, Purdue, Texas A&M
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
RH: Arizona, USC, and Kansas a bit as well
EM: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now?
RH: I would say Texas, Memphis, TCU, New Mexico
EM: Do you have a top group of schools that you’re focused on at this point?
RH: Not at this point, I plan on getting that top group and focusing more on that after July.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
RH: I plan on going to the NBPA Top 100 and Nike Skills Academy if everything goes well. I’ll take visits more toward August.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
RH: Academics, a great coach and campus, and playing the right way.
EM: Do you have a timeline for your decision?
RH: I haven’t set a particular date yet, but I plan on committing before my high school season.
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
RH: I want to work to become a top 30 player in the country and give myself a chance to be a McDonald’s All American.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
RH: Just work hard and embrace the process. Always be positive and on top of your game, you never know who’s watching you.
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