INDIANAPOLIS-For a kid once mired in relative obscurity in Valparaiso, Ind., things have sure changed for Robbie Hummel.
The 6'7", 200-pound Class of 2007 product has seen his stock grow exponentially over the past year, thanks in large part to his work on the SYF Players AAU squad. He's shined on a team that finished second at the Kingwood Classic in the spring, won the state AAU tournament title, and also captured the Spiece Memorial Day All-Star Classic.
His play – coupled with the fact that he's grown 10 inches in the last 18 months - has helped him earn a slew of scholarship offers in recent weeks, including one from IU Coach Mike Davis. Indiana offered Hummel a scholarship after the staff saw him play at its Elite Players Camp in Bloomington earlier this summer. Others that have offered the talented in-state junior-to-be include Purdue, Iowa, Northwestern, Valparaiso, Xavier and UW-Green Bay.
Hummel has played primarily at the small forward position on his AAU squad, although many think he's versatile enough to play shooting guard as well. On occasion, he also played the point guard position for his prep team this past season.
Hummel's local ties and interest in both Indiana and Purdue made him Wednesday's hottest commodity at the Nike All-America Camp interview session, something he took in stride at the Indianapolis event.
"Originally it was just Valparaiso and Northwestern (that had offered) and then it kind of exploded and went crazy from there," said Hummel.
While Indiana hasn't had a great deal of success in luring the top in-state players to Bloomington for the '05 and '06 classes, Hummel doesn't appear to be shying away from the IU program by any means. While Indiana's much-publicized misses on Greg Oden and Mike Conley have been grabbing headlines as of late, Hummel said that hasn't soured him on Indiana.
"It's a loss for (Indiana), but there are other players out there," said Hummel. "IU is still getting good recruits, so it really hasn't influenced my situation."
Hummel said he's talked with Davis in the past, and is aware of the speculation about Mike Davis' job security in Bloomington. But as a member of the '07 class, he said that should be cleared up in plenty of time before he needs to make his college decision.
"(Davis' job security) doesn't really affect me, because you can't go off the maybes," said Hummel. "He might be there, and he might not, and there's still a lot of time before I have to make my decision. I'll just play it as it goes."
Davis and Hummel have been in contact in the past, and the Valparaiso H.S. standout said he's been impressed with the soon-to-be sixth year Indiana head coach.
"I like Coach Davis," said Hummel. "I think he's a good guy. I've talked to him a couple of times and he seemed to be a really personable guy and I liked him."
The same goes for Purdue's Matt Painter, who will take over the Boilermaker program this fall with the retirement of Gene Keady.
"I like Coach Painter too - he's a real good guy," said Hummel, who added that he took an unofficial visit to West Lafayette last season. "I was always kind of a Purdue fan growing up – I'm not really sure why. I just always kind of rooted for them."
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