Date of Birth: 06/02/1986
Height: 6' 9" Weight: 220 lbs
College: Hampton University (Va.) '09
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
If you are looking for an inspiring story of overcoming adversity and a late start to achieve a lofty goal, look no further than Globetrotters dunking sensation Hammer Harrison.
Hammer once broke every finger on his right hand and right wrist. When he was 11, he broke both of his legs, an injury that required a month of confinement to a wheelchair and three months of physical therapy. The resulting pain prevented him from playing intense competitive sports for five years.
When he was 17, Hammer experienced a five-inch growth in height and took up basketball, quickly seeing it as an avenue to accomplish great things. After high school, he enrolled at Sullivan Community College (N.Y.), played basketball every single day to improve his skills and walked on to the basketball team his second year. That year, the team put together a dream season, going undefeated on their way to the 2007 NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship. Hammer was the leading scorer for his team in the title game.
Hammer then played at Hampton University, where he led the Pirates in field goal percentage and blocked shots in the 2008-09 season and was the team’s second leading rebounder. He also completed a degree in Computer Graphics. “I’m really into computer technology and the development of new gadgets,” says Hammer, whose favorite website is engadget.com. “I also build and modify computers from scratch.” Hammer dreams of opening his own graphic design studio.
Some of his other interests include skydiving, jet skis, the music of Jay-Z, reading, swimming, movies and playing ping-pong.
Hammer feels becoming a Globetrotter is a major leap in the right direction for his life and career. If his life were a TV show, Hammer would liken it to “Survivor,” because, he says, “My whole life I have struggled, and now that I’m with the Globetrotters, I have finally received my prize equivalent of the million dollars.”