Countdown to Tip-Off: 7 Days

What will Hammink bring to LSU? (USA Today)

The 2012-13 season was a transitional one for Shane Hammink as the LSU legacy played out of position after moving over from the Netherlands. TSD publisher Ben Love previews what the new season could have in store for Hammink.

Every day until LSU basketball tips off its 2013-14 season at Massachusetts on Nov. 12 (10 a.m. CST, ESPN), TSD will feature a player profile on one of the 11 available scholarship players on the roster. Our "Countdown to Tip-off" will go in numerical jersey order, starting with the lowest.

See the bottom of this story for links to previously penned profiles on No. 1 Anthony Hickey, No. 2 Johnny O'Bryant, No. 5 Shavon Coleman and No. 10 Andre Stringer.

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F Shane Hammink
# 11
Class: So.
Size: 7-7/217
Position: F
2012-13 Stats: 2.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 34.5% FGs
Projected Minutes: 7.2 mpg
The transition to college ball for Shane Hammink, a native of the Netherlands and son of former All-SEC Tiger center Geert, wasn't always a smooth one during his freshman campaign.

Taking the court for only 10.8 minutes per game, Hammink, who played in 26 total games (making two starts), was part of the last-resort solution coach Johnny Jones concocted to solve his dilemma in the post, where LSU was wire-thin in 2012-13.

More of a wing player by size and background, the 208-pound Hammink understandably struggled to make the move inside, especially defensively, having to bang with SEC post players. His playing time off the bench waned as the season came to a close, with Hammink registering three DNP-CD's in the team's final seven games.

In the season to come, Hammink, who tacked on 10 pounds in the offseason, figures to spend more time back on the perimeter, where he has strengths as a slasher and in open-court transition situations.

The problem for Hammink: Even though he's following Shavon Coleman's lead in reverting back to a more natural position, LSU is a lot more stocked on the wing in 2013-14. Aside from Coleman, Hammink will also have to contend with the likes of Malik Morgan, Tim Quarterman, Jarell Martin and even, to an extent, Darcy Malone for time on the perimeter.

Athletically, Hammink actually does match up well in comparison to some of those players, but he doesn't have a particular niche that makes him as valuable in many cases. He's not the shooter Morgan is, the passer Quarterman is, the lock-down defender Coleman is, and he lacks the height and frame Martin and Malone possess.

All of these things seem to point toward the same conclusion for Hammink this season: he'll be somebody Jones can throw in at a moment's notice that can play up to four positions on the floor, but he won't be a starter and he's not likely to break into LSU's crunch-time lineup either. Hammink is probably the ninth or 10th guy in LSU's rotation to begin the season.

Now, there is one possible way Hammink carves out a little more time this season. Jones recently admitted he's seeking a third point guard for the Tigers, someone who can fill in briefly for Quarterman and Anthony Hickey. With Andre Stringer excelling at the two, Jones said he'd prefer that guy to be somebody else. Hammink may get a look in this capacity, as Jones keeps hinting he wants to have options to go to bigger lineups for spurts this season.

Do you think Hammink can break out in 2013-14?

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PREVIOUS PROFILES

PG Anthony Hickey

F Johnny O'Bryant

F Shavon Coleman

G Andre Stringer

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