Robbie Hummel Is A Feel Good Story From The 2012 NBA Draft

By Riley Schmitt

Robbie Hummel is one of those guys that you had to root for in the 2012 NBA Draft.  With the 58th pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected the talented forward.

Early in his career, many people thought Robbie Hummel and company were going to lead Purdue back to the Final Four.  That never happened due to a fractured back his sophomore year and an ACL tear his junior year when the team was ranked third in the country.

Hummel was supposed to come back for his senior season and help JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore take the team to the national title game.  Unfortunately, Robbie Hummel tore his ACL again on the first day of practice and he had to redshirt.

His senior year started out slowly as you could tell that he did not trust his knee.  It looked like Purdue was going to miss the tournament, due to blowing chances to get a signature win.  The team snuck in as a 10 seed and took out seventh seeded St. Mary’s.

The legend of Robbie Hummel reached its peak when Purdue took on Kansas and future lottery pick Thomas Robinson.  Hummel played lights out and made Robinson look silly when he tried to guard him on the perimeter.  Every time Kansas got close, Hummel would respond.  Trailing by one with just over ten seconds left, Hummel had a great look at a three that just missed.  Purdue lost by three but it was a great way for Hummel to go out.

Robbie Hummel will now have a career of proving people wrong.  People think his knee will hold him back, but he had some amazingly athletic plays his senior year.  He is too smart of a player to not stick on a roster.  His shooting will win him a job somewhere.

Riley Schmitt is a writer for Rant Sports.

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