Big Season Puts Spotlight On Hummer

Junior Ian Hummer earned his stripes last season with Gonzaga. After being an honorable mention all-league selection as a sophomore he cranked his game up a level as a junior.

One of the power teams in Washington, D.C., Gonzaga College, is laced with Division I talent. In the coming year, expect another player to emerge for Coach Steve Turner.

Ian Hummer, a 6-foot-6 power forward (Class of 2009), cranked his game up a level during the season. After averaging 14.5 points and 9.7 rebounds, Hummer was named first-team all-league on a year featuring Jason Clark, Cameron Johnson, Max Kenyi, Kris Joseph and Rodney Magruder.

If you're a hoops junkie with some tread on your tires, the name Hummer may ring a bell. Ian's father was on the Princeton team that featured Senator Bill Bradley. He would go on to be drafted by the Boston Celtics and is now a lawyer. Hummer's son is a prime target for the Tigers.

Georgetown, Princeton and most of the Ivy's sent head coaches down to see him this season. Interest is coming from North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Holy Cross, Towson and Temple to name a handful.

With interest at the mid and high-major levels will take the spring to assess what level will suit him best. "It depends on how well I do over the summer," Hummer said. "If I get good enough to play the three I think a higher level will be in my future. But, I like the Ivy League with a small grouping of teams but for me I think it would be a good fit."

Hummer was the conference tournament MVP and Turner sees a great deal of college potential in his junior.

"I think right now he's a power forward but he's got a chance to swing back and forth between a small forward and power forward. It might depend on where he goes and what the need is.

"He's very skilled. He's got all the moves on the block and he's so much more athletic than anyone would perceive. You see him in warm-ups and the next thing you know he's dunking on you. He's fundamentally sound and that's happened because he's worked with his dad and his uncle. He's an athletic, throwback Kevin McHale."

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