Hummel Talks About IU Visit

BLOOMINGTON-While some of the most notable observers of Wednesday night's Indiana-Duke game were such well-knowns as NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West and Indianapolis Colt Edgerrin James, some of the most important attendees in Mike Davis' mind were the recruits in attendance, including Valparaiso's Robbie Hummel.

BLOOMINGTON-While some of the most notable observers of Wednesday night's Indiana-Duke game were such well-knowns as NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West and Indianapolis Colt Edgerrin James, some of the most important attendees in Mike Davis' mind were the recruits in attendance, including Valparaiso's Robbie Hummel.

The 6-7, 200-pound Hummel made his first unofficial visit to the IU campus to take in Indiana's matchup with No. 1 Duke. While the outcome didn't sit well with most of the Assembly Hall on-lookers, the Class of 2007 standout said before the game that it was more than just the result that he wanted to witness first hand.

"It's going to be an awesome game," said Hummel. "With Duke and IU, they are two of the top teams. I'm here to see the game and see what the atmosphere is like at Indiana."

While Indiana wasn't able to deliver a win in front of 17,343 IU fans in the 75-67 loss to Mike Krzyzewski's team, the atmosphere was among the best in recent memory. That bodes well for the Hoosiers, as Hummel talked about possibly cutting down his list soon.

"I'll probably begin to narrow down my list of favorites after this game," said Hummel.

Indiana figures to be one of the programs that makes the initial cut. Not only is it Hummel's homestate school, but the Hoosiers are playing a brand of basketball that he said is enticing.

"I like the way Indiana gets out and runs – I like to do that," said Hummel. "That's exciting to me. I like their style of play. I haven't gotten to watch them a whole lot, but I know how they like to play."

Indiana, meanwhile, likes how Hummel plays. The northern Indiana product has seen his stock rise dramatically over the last year, and he's gone from the sixth-man on a team that went 22-3 a year ago to the No. 1 option as a junior. After averaging 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds as a sophomore, he's raised that to 17.5 points per game in the opening two contests of his junior season.

His development has been noticed by a slew of programs, as he now has 12 scholarship offers, including ones from Big Ten programs Indiana, Purdue, Iowa and Northwestern. He also has an offer from nearby Notre Dame, and a pair of North Carolina schools - N.C. State and Charlotte – have offered as well. He had a chance to make unofficial stops recently to the N.C. State and Charlotte campuses as well as the Duke campus when his family made a trip through North Carolina in late October.

Hummel made the Bloomington trip, meanwhile, with his mom and dad, but it was a short stay. Soon after the 9 p.m. contest came to a close, the Hummels were back on the road headed to Valparaiso so he would be back at school Thursday morning.

"I have to get back to school tomorrow, so this is going to be a short night for me," said Hummel, who added that he did visit the IU locker room before the game and talked with IU assistant head coach Donnie Marsh.

With a short list possibly about to emerge, it still figures to be a while before Hummel makes his final decision. That won't come until at least late next summer.

"I'm going to narrow the schools down, but I'm not going to decide until after AAU season," said Hummel. "I'm looking to make a top five list, but I haven't decided (on it) yet."

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