Saturday, October 16, 2010

Robbie Hummel out for season

Photo credit: USA Today
Purdue senior Robbie Hummel has re-torn his ACL and will miss the upcoming season entirely. He missed the end of last season after tearing it the first time in a game against Minnesota and his absence largely contributed to Purdue's early postseason exit. It's heartbreaking to see a kid like Hummel go down like this again, not even 2 weeks after being cleared to return to practice following last seasons injury. The injury occurred this morning in practice during just the second team drill.
Purdue has been picked by many to be a Final Four team and is listed as a top 5 preseason team by most experts. Hummel's return, coupled with the decisions of seniors E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnsohn to skip the NBA draft and stay for their final year, had expectations higher than ever in West Lafeyette. The Boilers will certainly be a solid team without Hummel but can not possibly expect to have the same kind of success.
The one bright spot is that the injury occurred preseason, which means that Hummel will be able to declare for a medical redshirt this year and have a fifth year of eligibility. Unfortunately, the other two members of Purdue's "Big 3," Johnson and Moore, are seniors and will not be back on the court for the Boilers next season. Purdue had all the tools to make a legit run to the Final Four, provided they were able to stay healthy and play up to their potential. It's terrible for anyone to have to suffer through injuries like this, but especially for a great kid like Robbie Hummel who really personifies college basketball and is a great example of what the state of Indiana is all about.

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