INDIANAPOLIS – Robbie Hummel he's about to make a decision that a lot of people in the state of Indiana are going to love.
And a lot of others are going to hate.
That's because the 6-8, 205-pound forward from Valparaiso High School has narrowed his college choices to in-state rivals Indiana and Purdue, and he's set to announce his final decision after next week's Peach Jam AAU event.
"Half the people in the state will hate me and half will love me," Hummel joked Thursday.
Hummel is in Indianapolis this week competing in the Nike All-America Camp, his second straight trip to the invitation-only all-star event. It's also the second straight year he's been arguably the center of the media's attention thanks to his top-60 national ranking coupled with his local ties and his interest in both Indiana and Purdue.
There was even more attention on Hummel on Thursday thanks to a Bloomington radio report that aired Friday saying he had in fact already made his college decision and informed IU Coach Kelvin Sampson he was headed to Purdue. But Hummel said that wasn't the case.
"That's not true," Hummel said. "My dad called me and told me it was on the radio.
"There have been about 15 rumors that I've committed, and it's kind of ridiculous, but kind of funny, too. But no, I didn't commit to Purdue."
That's good news for the IU coaching staff, which is still holding out hope it can lure the versatile forward to Bloomington.
Hummel says that still remains a possibility, as he's still weighing the pros and the cons of both Big Ten schools.
"Indiana and Purdue are both great schools," Hummel said. "They have great coaches, great facilities, it's just going to come down to my gut feeling. I've seen everything there is to see, so I'll talk to my parents, think about it and go from there."
One thing Hummel does know is that he'll be playing his college basketball in the state of Indiana. A life-long resident of Valparaiso, Hummel originally considered out-of-state destinations such as North Carolina State, Iowa and Vanderbilt, but he ultimately decided he wanted to stay in state.
"I was interested in North Carolina State, but then Coach (Herb) Sendek left, and after that it was pretty much Purdue and IU," Hummel said. "I think in-state is the right place for me.
"I love being in the state of Indiana. I was born in Valpo, raised in Valpo. I've seen Hoosiers. It's a good thing. People in Indiana love basketball. If you can have 16,000 people at a basketball game, that's a great thing to have."
Time will tell if it will be the fans in Assembly Hall or Mackey Arena that will be cheering for Hummel beginning in the 2007-08 season. He insists he remains undecided, but committed to making a final decision after the Peach Jam.
"It's going to be a tough decision," Hummel said. "They are both good schools, good coaching staffs, good facilities. You can't beat Mackey Arena and you can't beat Assembly Hall."
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