NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team has announced the addition of Anna Hammaker to the 2017-18 signing class.
Hammaker will be transferring from Big 12 school Kansas State where she spent the past two seasons.
“Anna is a kid we got to know while she was in high school because we recruited her,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “We recruited her hard and offered then, and she chose Kansas State, which shows her caliber of play.
“We knew that she was that type of player, but most importantly we always felt that she had intangibles we were looking for and would be a great fit on campus. She comes in as a veteran not just on the floor, but off the floor as well. It will help us in recruiting that a Power Five-type kid came here.”
Hammaker hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she suited up for Knoxville Christian Academy. While at KCA, she averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.3 steals per game. She finished second in Tennessee state high school history in career assists, steals, and free throws.
“Coach Brown had recruited me out of high school, which is how I became very familiar with the university,” Hammaker said. “Before basketball was involved, coming from a small Christian private high school, I had known some of my friends that attended and loved the university.”
Hammaker says that she was led toward Lipscomb when deciding what school to choose, as she originally had intended to transfer to another Power-Five program.
“Proverbs 16:9 says, ‘We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.’ As this whole transferring process has played out, I am so thankful the Lord determines our steps. My first conversation with Coach Brown, back in June, shifted my entire focus to being open to where God leads. He asked me tough questions during our conversation which made me evaluate who I wanted to be as a player, but more importantly a person.
“Coach Brown never tried to convince me to come and play for him, his recruiting process was different than what I was used to. He was simple, he was honest, and he let the Lord lead. He shared with me his vision for the program, for the team, and for me. He saw the impact I could have as a basketball player, and the platform I could use to honor and glorify the Lord.”
Hammaker spent the last two seasons as a Kansas State Wildcat, playing in 20 games as a freshman before a fractured kneecap caused her to miss her entire sophomore year.
“Kansas State was a great experience for me, and though I was injured and not 100% healthy the majority of my time there, I still got to learn and grow as a player within my circumstances,” Hammaker said. “Since this is my third year, I've learned that this game is truly more mental than physical. Being an upperclassman transfer and coming from a Power-Five school, I feel like it can give me a platform to be a positive, older, leader and motivator for the team.”