Tag:Robbie Hummel
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:14 pm

Healthy Hummel, Purdue peaking into Senior Night

By Jeff Goodman

Robbie Hummel will play his final game at Mackey Arena on Wednesday night. 

Yes, I wanted to be there as an admitted card-carrying member -- OK, the president -- of the Hummel Fan Club. But it's hard to justify making a trip to West Lafeyette to watch the Boilermakers host Big Ten cellar dweller Penn State. Even on Senior Night -- and even with a resurgent Purdue that has reeled off four of its last five. 

"It'll be strange," Hummel said. "It's weird because it seems like I've been here forever, but at the same time it also feels like it's gone by quickly." 

"I know my mom's going to cry," he added. 

She may not be the only one, either. I may have a few boxes of Kleenex by my side while watching the festivities on the Big Ten Network. 

In all seriousness, though, the good news for Hummel and Matt Painter isn't just that his knees have held up this season after a pair of torn ACL's. It's that he and his teammates are playing as well as they have all year long. It's also no shock that it's coincided with the departure of Kelsey Barlow. 

"We're peaking at the right time," he said. "This is the most fun I've had all year. We're in a good place with the team chemistry." 

We all remember the quote from fellow senior Ryne Smith after Barlow was booted a couple weeks ago. 

"Addition by subtraction," he said. 

But it's more than that. Hummel is playing like the the old Robbie Hummel. Lewis Jackson's back has improved significantly. Terone Johnson is coming off the best game of his career in the shocking road win in Ann Arbor against Michigan. 

Purdue coach Matt Painter has had a rough go this season. After losing E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson, it was clear the Boilermakers would take a step backward. 

But when Hummel went through a shooting slump (and that's being kind) in the middle of the season and Jackson could often be found wincing while fighting the the relentless back injury, the Boilermakers looked as if the string of five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances was in jeopardy. 

"There was a time when I wasn't sure I'd ever be good again," Hummel said. "It wasn't fun to play and not be what I was before. It sounds like a greedy thing to say, but it was tough." 

Then Hummel's shot came back and Jackson's back starting improving. Now Purdue once again looks like a team again. 

Hummel is averaging 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds over the past five games and is shooting 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range. Jackson logged a season-high 39 minutes per contest in the loss to Michigan State and is averaging 12.5 points and 5.0 assists over the past four games. 

"He's playing well at the right time," Painter said. "Both of them have." 

"The season has been a roller-coaster, but the last few weeks have been really fun," Hummel said. "Obviously, winning helps." 

Purdue, which is tied with Indiana in fifth place in the Big Ten should get its 20th victory of the season against Penn State and the Boilermakers finish the regular season at Indiana this weekend. The Boilermakers had been 0-for-7 against ranked teams prior to the victory over Michigan on Saturday. 

"It felt good to get over the hump," Hummel said. 

Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:43 pm

Hummel hits game-winner as Purdue beats Iona

By Matt Norlander

The game was played a 1 p.m. on a Thursday, well after the excitement from ESPN's 24-hour basketball marathon had worn off. There were, maybe, a thousand people in the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

Still, Iona-Purdue was arguably the best televised game of basketball so far this season, which is now a week and a half old. The game was a first-round matchup in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, and the Boilermakers won 91-90 after Robbie Hummel (right) coolly hit a 3 coming off a roll on the right side of the floor. Hummel scored a game-high 24 points, grabbing nine boards in the process. It's probably an ego booster -- in a good way -- for Hummel, who missed the majority of the past two years with ACL injuries.

We've well-documented what Hummel's gone through. Will his senior year be a feel-good story? Who knows. If it is, this is a great start to that. (And how great does Goodman feel to have his Hummel avatar on Twitter now?)

He looked very, very good today. Without Hummel, who knows what Purdue is.

What it's not right now: defensive-minded. The Gaels (who also didn't engage when playing on their heels) went where they pleased against a team that's been ranked 16th or better in points-per-possession defense the past five years.

Iona's MoMo Jones, who scored a team-high 17 points and took over at point guard after Scott Machado fouled out with three minutes to go, showed flashes of his bad self, as it was his turnover after Hummel's 3 that prevented Iona from getting its best shot to snag the upset. He also hit a couple of big shots before that, but Jones' M.O. is being feast or famine. Arizona fans know this all too well.

For Iona, it's a win that got away. Could end up being a critical one, too. This team has NCAA tournament talent, and if that's true, then it's got at-large-quality talent. But the Gaels lack a lot of chances on their schedule to get impressive wins. The more they lose in the next month, the less they can afford to lose any games in the MAAC, which will have Fairfield chasing them step for step.

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Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:31 pm

Video: Postgame with Robbie Hummel

CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman interviews Purdue senior forward Robbie Hummel after his first game in nearly two years.

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Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 8:15 pm

Here at the new and improved Mackey Arena

By Jeff Goodman

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - While Gary Parrish is on an aircraft carrier in sunny San Diego, I'm in the new Mackey Arena in chilly West Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue finally has bells and whistles.

Let's face it: It's difficult to compete for players these days with outdated facilities.

That's what Matt Painter has had to deal with - until now.

Purdue has upgraded its locker rooms, film room, meeting room, weight room - and even laundry facility.

It was much-needed. 

"We only had one toilet before," Purdue senior Robbie Hummel half-joked.

There's a new practice facility so that the team doesn't have to practice in the rec center (where Hummel tore his ACL for the second time).

There's a premium club, a courtside club and even a new ticket office.

Mackey Arena got a serious facelift this offseason - in just about every way. In addition, Painter - with the help of his little dance he did with Missouri - also secured higher salaries for his staff.

The arena's rededication is tonight - on the same night that Hummel makes his much-anticipated return to the court.

We'll have much more on Hummel later.
Posted on: November 11, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 3:51 pm

Videos: Goodman with Hummel before his return

Jeff Goodman's stalking of Robbie Hummel reaches a new (low) level today, as he infiltrates Hummel's dorm room and gives us a tour of how the Purdue senior forward lives.

The second video is "exclusive" footage of Hummel during shootaround. I was pretty much threatened into putting these up. -- Norlander

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Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 5:43 pm

Catching up with Robbie Hummel

Jeff Goodman sits down with Purdue's Robbie Hummel to discuss Hummel's return from injury -- and then they compete in a vertical leap contest. It's close, but will Hummel pull out the win?
Posted on: October 3, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 3:34 pm

Painter to rely on Terone Johnson, Kelsey Barlow

By Jeff Goodman

With JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore gone, everyone - including Matt Painter - knows guys need to step up.

Most importantly, Robbie Hummel needs to stay healthy after a pair of torn ACL's.

But Painter will need guys like Terone Johnson and Kelsey Barlow to emerge.

Barlow was suspended towards the end of last season, but Painter said the athletic wing has been terrific in the offseason.

Johnson has recovered from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the summer, but remains out after a cyst below the knee that has bothered him.

"We're hoping to get him back for the start of practice," Painter said. "They've drained it a couple times to get it calmed down. The meniscus is a non-issue now."

Barlow and Johnson combined to average 10 points per game last season, but they could double that output this season.

"Terone's a very important part of our team," Painter said. "He can play a couple of different positions."

Painter said that Hummel has progressed well despite having tendinitis in the non-surgically repaired knee.

"There haven't been any significant setbacks," Painter said. "Just calming down the tendinitis. We expect him to go full in the first day of practice."

If Hummel does come back at or close to 100 percent, the Boilermakers could compete for one of the top couple spots in the Big Ten. They have veteran point guard Lewis Jackson, a big-time shooter in Ryne Smith and a couple of guys in Barlow and Johnson that have the potential to be all-league caliber players.
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 2:30 pm

Robbie Hummel given full clearance to play

By Jeff Goodman

Robbie Hummel is good to go.

The Purdue senior forward – who will wait nearly two years between games after suffering a pair of torn ACL’s – told CBSSports.com on Friday afternoon that he was given clearance to play contact, 5-on-5.

The only problem?

``No one is at school,” Hummel laughed. ``And I’m not going to the local YMCA.”

Hummel had actually been cleared by his surgeon months ago, but has been training and rehabbing daily at Tim Grover’s facility in Chicago.

``They wanted to minimize my tendinitis and strengthen my leg,” Hummel said.

Hummel had to do a series of tests – one that he wasn’t able to pass until today. It was one in which he’d jump down 3 or 4 feet off a pad and then immediately explode back into a 42-inch platform.

``He (Grover) wasn’t going to let me play until I passed everything,” Hummel said. ``And I respect his opinion.”

Now Hummel’s stint with Grover is over and he won’t go back to Purdue – along with his teammates – until another couple of weeks.

Hummel said he’s able to cut, run and jump without any issue – and he’s able to dunk again.

``It feels good,” he said. ``I’m starting to feel some explosiveness again.”


Couldn’t resist. 

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