Indiana Standout Hummel Looking At OSU

Valparaiso, Ind., junior small forward Robbie Hummel says Ohio State is on his list of schools to look at. The 6-7 Hummel emerged this spring and summer as a member of the SYF AAU team. Click here for more on this intriguing prospect.

As Ohio State continues to look for, perhaps, the last piece in its recruiting puzzle for 2006, the men's basketball staff has also been able to cast an eye on what may be out there for 2007.

One player the staff may be considering is Valparaiso, Ind., standout Robbie Hummel, who is ranked as the nation's No. 10 small forward in the Class of 2007 by Hummel was measured at 6-7, 185 pounds at the recent Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis.

While OSU has not offered, the staff has kept close watch on Hummel. He averaged just 7.5 points per game coming off the bench as a sophomore at Valparaiso High School. But his stock has risen this spring and summer with his play for the SYF AAU team. He helped that team finish second to the powerful Boo Williams squad at last week's Nike Peach Jam event in South Carolina and participated in the Super Showcase last week in Orlando.

"Nobody really knew who I was," Hummel said. "I was just a kid on the Valpo AAU team. Once I got out and got on the national circuit, I think that helped me out."

Valparaiso – the college – came up with an offer, as did nearby Northwestern.

"It was them and then Northwestern and then it just kind of exploded," he said.

In addition to Valpo and Northwestern, Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue, Iowa, Xavier and Wisconsin-Green Bay have all offered.

Hummel was asked about Indiana.

"I like Coach (Mike) Davis," Hummel said. "I think he's a good guy. I have talked to him a few times and he seemed like a personable guy."

When asked about Davis' status at IU, Hummel said, "He might be there and he might not be. There is still a lot of time before I have to make my decision."

At Purdue, Matt Painter takes over for longtime coach Gene Keady. Hummel also has good feelings about the new Purdue coach.

"Coach Painter is a real good guy," he said. "We practiced down at Mackey Arena and that was a good experience. I took an unofficial visit down there, too. I just like the atmosphere there. I was always kind of a Purdue fan growing up. I always kind of rooted for them. I think they're going to be successful and Coach Painter has a chance to turn that program around."

In terms of Ohio State, Hummel said, "I've talked to them a few times. I've gotten letters."

Hummel, if he picks OSU, would come in one year after a blockbuster class of All-American players. He was asked if that glut of talent works for or against the Buckeyes.

"It kind of goes both ways," he said. "You know they're going to be successful. That class that have put together is kind of unbelievable. But then you wonder if you'll get to play with that team because they're loaded. It's kind of a double-edged sword.

"I definitely want to get to experience tournament play. I don't know how long they'll be there for. (Greg) Oden could only be there for a year, (Mike) Conley could be there for a year and (Daequan) Cook could only be there for a year, so you never know."

In addition to Ohio State, Hummel would also like to hear an offer from N.C. State, among others.

Although Hummel now projects as a wing, he could keep growing.

"Last year I was just 6-5 or 6-6 and now I am 6-7," said Hummel. "My dad is 6-6 and he grew late, something like two inches in college."

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