Hummel Picks Boilers

Robbie Hummel of Valparaiso, Ind. picks Purdue over Indiana. The 6'8" forward is Purdue head coach Matt Painter's third in-state recruit to commit this summer in the class of 2007. He follows Franklin Central center JaJuan Johnson and East Chicago Central guard E'twaun Moore, two other top-100 recruits nationally.

Valparaiso, Ind. - Indiana hasn't struck out with its '07 recruiting efforts, but they've now swung and missed at three highly ranked in-state recruits it had its sights set on.

At a mid-afternoon press conference Monday Valparaiso's Robbie Hummel announced he'll play his college basketball at Purdue. Hummel, who had narrowed his list to the two intra-state rivals, follows in the footsteps of Franklin Central center JaJuan Johnson and East Chicago Central guard E'twaun Moore, two other top-100 recruits who had scholarship offers from Indiana but instead opted to commit to Matt Painter's Boilermaker program.

"Purdue might not have been too good this past season, (but) Coach Painter did the most that he could," Hummel said. "I like West Lafayette a whole lot, and I've been to a lot of football and basketball games there – I like the program a lot and think it is on the rise."

The addition of players like Hummel, Moore and Johnson will help resurrect a Purdue program that hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2003 and hasn't won a Big Ten title since 1996 (note: Purdue ultimately had to forfeit its 1996 league crown).

While Indiana had shown only minimal interest in Johnson and Moore before current IU Coach Kelvin Sampson took over the program earlier this spring, the 6-8, 200-pound Hummel is a player Mike Davis' staff targeted as well. IU originally offered Hummel a scholarship last summer, and Sampson was equally interested in the Valpo standout once he arrived.

Hummel's commitment gives Purdue three top-100 in-state recruits for its '07 class, while Indiana has yet to have a player pledge for the '07 class. While three of the state's best players headed to Purdue and a fourth, North Central's Eric Gordon, verbally committed to Illinois, Indiana may have to put together an '07 class that is primarily made up of out-of-state players.

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