Robbie Hummel

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– Mic Cronin got reprimanded by the NCAA for disparaging remarks he made to officials during the Bearcats NCAA tournament loss to Ohio State. Seriously? Don’t all coaches curse at officials? What am I missing?

– The Eye on CBball fellas continue to roll out their coaching survey results. How much influence does “World Wide Wes” have? They got your answers

– Trey Lyles decommitted from Indiana. It might not seem like a big deal now, but Indiana’s 2014 recruiting class isn’t looking as hot as it once was

Robbie Hummel is headed to Europe. This is strange because unlike most Europe-bound hoopsters, Robbie Hummel actually got drafted

– Former Virginia Tech guard Allen Chaney will take his talents to High Point

– This is the most in-depth view you will ever see of what Kentucky’s Olympic roster would look like

Having finished rehabilitation for an ACL tear, Marshawn Powell is ready to return to the court for Alabama

– Having made a 7,000-mile road trip across the country, I can attest that a six-hour trek is a “driveable” away game

– ESPN released their schedule of GameDay games and Rush The Court decided to rank them

Marquette reported a self-violation to the NCAA yesterday on behalf of the men’s basketball program

– UConn got a bit of good news on Thursday, as highly regarded  2013 recruit Kentan Facey committed to the University

– While UNLV head coach Dave Rose was hauling in big-time recruits this off-season, returning big-men Carlos Lopez and Quintrell Thomas were putting in hard work on the hardwood

– LIU-Brooklyn’s best player, reigning NEC PoY Julian Boyd, is a Texas native. The team’s top guard, Jason Brickman, is also a Texas native. In fact, a good portion of the Blackbirds’ squad calls Texas “home”, including freshman D.J. Griggs and E.J. Reed

– Kansas’ sophomore Ben McLemore is poised for a huge season, but a nagging groin injury is currently keeping him out of the Jayhawks exhibition games in  Switzerland

– I will pay $50 to anyone who can point me towards a direct source of this t-shirt

 

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Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

 

Purdue opens Italy trip with an emphatic 80-38 win over All Star Italy

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With Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith all moving on, this is a good summer for the Purdue Boilermakers to embark on an off-season trip.

The opportunities afforded head coach Matt Painter and his team, be it the extra practices, games or team bonding time, are things the Boilermakers hope pay off with another NCAA tournament appearance.

Purdue played the first of four games during their trip to Italy on Thursday, and it’s safe to say that they’re off to a good start.

Freshman guard Raphael Davis led Purdue with 15 points and redshirt freshman forward Donnie Hale posted a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) as the Boilermakers whipped All Star Italy 80-38 in Rome.

Purdue was balanced offensively, with Davis and Hale being the lone double-figure scorers with four other players scoring either eight (D.J. Byrd, Anthony Johnson and Sandy Marcius, who grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds) or nine points (Terone Johnson).

Byrd and Terone Johnson were also two of the three Purdue players to tally three assists, and as a team Purdue shot 49% from the field and 5-for-11 from beyond the arc.

Freshman big man A.J. Hammons led the way with six rebounds, and a 14-1 run after the game got off to a 9-9 start removed any doubt.

While the results of these games are important (they wouldn’t keep score if the results weren’t), trips like this one are more about role definition and team chemistry.

According to Ken Pomeroy’s numbers the Boilermakers ranked eighth nationally in offensive efficiency (116.7) and first in turnover percentage, as they handed the ball over on just 13.6% of their possessions.

But that was with the aforementioned experienced hands leading the way.

Byrd and Terone Johnson are the two returnees with the highest possession percentages according to Pomeroy’s numbers, but they’re unlikely to be offensive weapons that Purdue makes the focal point of their attack.

For that reason, the play of Davis and Hale during this trip is something that Purdue fans should keep an eye on from an offensive standpoint.

Defensively the Boilermakers sat in the bottom half of the Big Ten in most major statistical categories, so while the level of competition in their Italy opener may be questioned they’re at least off to a good start there.

Next up for Purdue is a game against Atletas Kaunas, which will be played on Sunday in Montecatini.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Despite being drafted into NBA, former Purdue forward Robbie Hummel headed to Spain

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Former Purdue forward Robbie Hummel has decided to take his professional career overseas, signing with El Obradoiro of Spain’s top professional league, the Lafayette Courier Journal is reporting.

Hummel had been drafted 58th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2012 NBA Draft, but worked out an agreement that allows him to go to Europe.

“It is a done deal,” Hummel told the paper. “I am heading over to Spain. I’m excited. The Timberwolves and myself both agreed that it’s probably best for me to go overseas for a year.

“(The Timberwolves) have a lot of forwards on the team, but I still think the Timberwolves are my future.”

During his career at Purdue, Hummel tore his ACL twice, battling back both times and averaging 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this past season as a senior.

The Indiana native leaves Purdue ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list, as well as fourth on the all-time rebounding list.

As for his former team, they are currently in Italy for an overseas trip. The team recently visited the Vatican and is preparing for the 2012-13 season after finishing 22-13 this past year.

The Boilermakers welcome four Indiana natives to the team in 2012-13, led by Oak Hill (Va.) center A.J. Hammons.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Overstating Hummel's loss? No way

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What to do with Purdue? No one seems to know.

Robbie Hummel’s season-ending injury created a dilemma for anyone dumb enough (like me) doing a preseason Top 25. It’s hard enough to rank teams without seeing them play any games. It’s harder still when a team loses its best all-around player and shooter. Purdue’s adjusting, but it’s anyone’s guess as to just how good it’ll be.

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(Not to mention losing two starters in Keaton Grant and Chris Kramer. It’s not like Purdue only lost Hummel. The starting PG and the lock-down perimeter defender are also gone, both of whom were crucial in Purdue’s Sweet 16 run last season. Kramer averaged 13.5 ppg in those two NCAA tourney wins. Anyway.)

The Boilermakers were slated to be a Top 4 team with Hummel. Without, they’ve been slotted anywhere from eighth (coaches’ poll), to late teens (Gary Parrish), to 23rd (Andy Katz) to 26th (yours truly).

Should one player affect a team’s ranking that much? Ken Pomeroy thinks not.

Look at it this way – Temple was previously 23rd in Katz’s list. If you added a healthy Hummel to Temple, I don’t think you would consider the Owls to be national-title material. If you think Hummel had some special value to Purdue that he wouldn’t have on another team, leave him out of the argument for a second. Pick any player in college basketball and add him to Temple’s roster. He still couldn’t make the Owls’ the second-best team in America.

It’s a fair argument, but I think Ken’s underrating Hummel.

Here’s Hummel’s stat line from 2009-10:

15.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 45.6 FG%, 36.4 three-point% 90 FT%

Good right? Now consider his best tempo-free stats:

122.1 ORtg, 26.0 %Shots, 20.8 DR%, 3.6 Blk%, 4.8 FD/40

Some of that might look like gibberish, but the ORtg (offensive rating, or how efficiently he scores) is 46th best in D-I – and 15 points higher than JaJuan Johnson’s. It’s nearly 20 points higher than E’Twuan Moore’s. Hummel also took a quarter of the available shots,  hit the defensive boards at a higher rate than Johnson, blocked shots and drew fouls at a high rate for a guy who’s best as a spot-up shooter.

Put it this way: Purdue’s still capable of being a Top 25 team. The defense will be nasty and Johnson and Moore are elite players. But the Boilermakers will struggle to score, and when they do, it won’t be pretty. Hummel solves most of that by stretching the defense and opening up things for others.

Would Hummel make Temple a Final Four contender? Absolutely. There’s always room for a 6-8 forward who can handle the ball, rebound and hit 3s. Every team wants that guy. Especially those teams in the 15-25 range of a Top 25 poll.

In fact, I’d say the team at No. 18 in my Top 25 would love to have Hummel. The only reason Butler’s not a serious Final Four contender this season is that they’re missing Gordon Hayward.

You know who plays like Gordon Hayward? Robbie Hummel.

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Hummel plans on playing next season

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Robbie Hummel’s college career isn’t over yet. His dad, Glenn, told the Indianapolis Star that the 6-8 forward will return to Purdue for the 2011-12 season.

Hummel, who on Saturday tore the ACL in his right knee for the second time in eight months, will apply for a medical redshirt season and most likely apply to graduate school.

“Rob is going to meet with his academic adviser and discuss it. Academic options are available to him,” Glenn told the Star.

As for knee surgery, Hummel’s planning on having it during Thanksgiving break so he won’t miss any classes. He’s serious about his studies.

“I just got off the phone with Rob, and he is doing surprisingly well,” Glenn said. “In fact, he was headed to a group project meeting for one of his classes.”

Who needs an ACL when you have studying to do?

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Everyone's bummed about Hummel's injury

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Purdue players, coaches and fans aren’t the only ones bummed about Robbie Hummel’s season-ending injury.

Big Ten coaches feel the same way.

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“When I heard it this morning, it brought tears to my eyes,” Minnesota coach Tubby Smith told ESPN’s Andy Katz. “He tore up his knee here last year. He’s such a sweet kid, a special young man. He’s got so much going for him. I just feel bad for him and his teammates. Purdue was as good a team as any in the country.”

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, who coached Hummel during the USA World Games in 2009, echoed those sentiments.

“He has done all the right things and it just goes to show how unfair things are at times,” Ryan told ESPN’s Andy Katz. “If anybody though can handle the adversity it is him. He’s such a tough-minded young man. He loves the game so much. He’s been good to the game.”

Even Indiana coach Tom Crean tweeted his condolences, going on at length about Hummel’s hard work and character:

I know Purdue is our rival but after a great practice this morning I was Instantly down and sick to my stomach when J.D. Campbell told me About Robbie Hummel and his injury. I think he epitomizes how one should play, work and carry himself as a young man. He appears to me to Be a very mentally and physically tough person so no one should doubt he will be back when he is healthy and be as good as ever.

The sad news went beyond the Big Ten coaches, too. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim knows the feeling. His Orange lost a key player, Arinze Onuaku, last season before the 2010 NCAA tournament.

“It’s such a horrific thing because that kid has worked so hard to get back,” Boeheim told Katz. “Obviously I feel bad for Purdue, but it’s devastating for the kid. He is a tremendous player, an all-American that could be a first-team all-American. Purdue is a preseason top four or five team. He played for his country and for this to happen to him two years in a row is just an awful thing. It’s hard to describe.”

Various writers chimed in as well. FOXSports.com’s Jeff Goodman says that objectivity goes out the window when talking about Hummel, simply because he doesn’t deserve it. I’ll second those remarks.

Good luck in your rehab, Robbie. We’ll be rooting for you to come back next season.

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