Valpo Duo Has IU's Attention

One of the top priorities for the new IU basketball coaching staff is to once again lure the state's top preps to Bloomington, and they'll have a chance to get things started in 2007 with a pair of standouts from Valparaiso H.S. – Scott Martin and Robbie Hummel.

One of the top priorities for the new IU basketball coaching staff is to once again lure the state's top preps to Bloomington, and they'll have a chance to get things started in 2007 with a pair of standouts from Valparaiso H.S. – Scott Martin and Robbie Hummel.

The talented frontline duo helped guide Valparaiso to a 21-3 record last season while forming one of the state's most formidable duos. This summer, they're starring for the Gary, Indiana-based SYF AAU team that recently finished second at the Kingwood Classic in Houston, Texas.

Hummel, who is generally considered the state's No. 2 recruit in the '07 class behind Indianapolis North Central's Eric Gordon, emerged as a national name a year ago after a big AAU season with the same SYF squad. One of the things that separates the 6-8, 200-pounder from many others is his versatility, as he possesses the skills to play as many as four different positions on the floor.

As a junior he spent much of his time at point guard for Valpo. Scout.com's National Recruiting Director Dave Telep, who was in Houston for last weekend's Kingwood Classic, says he has the versatility that will translate very well to the college game.

"He does the little things, gets after it on both ends and might be one of the best passing small forwards in the country," Telep said. "He's the kind of kid who complements the team he's on and gives them a young man who values winning."

Telep said that another thing that jumps out about Hummel is his willingness to fill whatever role is needed, a trait that figures to make him a very hot commodity over the summer.

"He's the kind of kid everyone wants to recruit because he's a good player and more importantly he's very coachable," Telep said.

The 6-7, 200-pound Martin, meanwhile, has been a big name in the state for some time, but is just now emerging as a national recruiting name as well. He is coming off a big junior season at Valpo where he averaged 20.3 points and seven rebounds, earning him Junior All-State honors. He joined the SYF team in July a year ago, and a full spring and summer with the squad this year figures to make him a highly-coveted recruit for high-majors around the Midwest.

"He had a tremendous high school season followed by a strong spring," Telep said. "The lefty is a nice athlete who has a good feel to with a stroke that works from deep and he's got the mid-range component.

"The bottom line with him is high-majors from all over the region are liming up to take a crack at him. He's a big riser nationally."

IU Coach Kelvin Sampson's staff figures to be one of those taking a serious interest in the duo. IU assistant coach Jeff Meyer has already been up north to watch the Valparaiso standouts workout, and odds are the Hoosiers will make one or both of them top priorities for the '07 class.

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