Hummel Sorts Out Recruiting Picture

Valparaiso forward Robbie Hummel talks about where he is in the recruiting process now that there's been a turnover with the Indiana coaching staff....

A lot has changed in the recruitment of Valparaiso, Ind., forward Robbie Hummel.

Just four months ago the 6-8, 200-pound forward was in Bloomington watching the Indiana Hoosiers take on the Duke Blue Devils, but now he doesn't know if Indiana is still interested. And the same goes for a couple of other big schools that had offered Hummel.

"I guess you can subtract Arizona State, N.C. State and Indiana because all of their coaches left for somewhere else," he said. "I don't think I still have offers to any of those places anymore."

Even if those three schools do retrace their offers, Hummel has no shortage of offers.

"Valpo is still recruiting me, Miami of Florida, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Iowa and I haven't talked to Xavier in a while," said Hummel.

Indiana may still be in the hunt for the service of the forward. Former Indiana head coach and newly hired UAB head coach Mike Davis has told Hummel where he thinks the Indiana-native should play and Indiana's new coaching staff has already made contact.

"I don't think Coach Davis will be recruiting me anymore because he told me that even if he was there or not he wants me to go to IU," said Hummel. "He's told me that a couple of times. Coach Sampson has talked to my dad and I've talked to Coach Meyer. Coach Meyer has already come up to see us shoot and workout. I think they're going to watch me a little and see what happens."

Another coach recruiting Hummel is super-star of sorts in the eyes of the 6-8 forward and has caught his interest.

"I talk to (Valpo High School and University graduate and former NBA player) Bryce Drew a couple of times at Valpo," said Hummel. "I called him last week. It's cool talking to him. He was like my hero just like he was for every other kid from Valpo. I remember getting his autograph on Gatorade cups and everything. It's ridiculous how many of his autographs I have. I have his rookie card from the NBA. It's weird when I think about it, but I enjoy it.

"Some people say he is next in line to coach at Valpo. It's crazy to me because I remember exactly where I was when he hit the game-winning shot that sent Valpo into the Sweet Sixteen."

Hummel is coming off a successful junior season that ended in disappointment for him and his team. However, he feels a reloaded squad and improved schedule should be able to bring a state championship back home to Valpo.

"Our season went real well," said Hummel. "We ended at 21-3, but we lost in the regional final. That was disappointing because we wanted to do better than that. Next year we have the potential to win the state championship. We're looking forward to that. We know if we work hard this summer, we can do anything.

"We kind of beefed up our schedule next year to test us early. We're playing in the Hall of Fame Classic, we're playing (Indianapolis) Cathedral and a pretty good Chicago Washington team in the Region Rumble. I think that should help us out for a run at the state title."

Valpo returns almost the entire team from last season and with a couple of key additions, and they should be state title contender.

"Evan Schmidt is moving to Valpo and he's 7-foot," said Hummel. "I've played against Schmidt since we were in third grade so I know how good he is. We don't have anyone smaller than 6-foot on our team. Our starting point guard is about 6-foot, our shooting guard is 6-2 and dunks, I'm 6-8, our other forward is 6-8, and now we have a 7-foot center. We have a sophomore guard, too, that's 6-3 and dunks pretty well. We'll be huge. It's going to be fun."

Hummel expects to have another busy summer of AAU basketball, but this year he expects to make trips to less individual camps than he did last summer.

"In June our AAU team will be going to camp at Purdue and we're going to the DePaul camp and playing in a league in Mishawaka (Ind.)," he said. "We might get in another local league.

"I got another invite to NIKE (All-America) camp, so I'll be there again this summer. I don't know if I'll go to any of the Elite camps again. I think those kind of tired me out last summer. I was exhausted by the time July came around."

As for a commitment, Hummel is still a few months away from that decision.

"I'll do it before next season starts," said Hummel. "I would like to do it by the end of the summer, but if I need more time I can definitely go take an official visit somewhere. I haven't even made a list yet though because of all of the coaches leaving. I feel like my recruitment has started all over."


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