If you are looking for the heart and sole of the Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team, look no further than Robbie Hummel.
The 6'8" senior missed all of last season with a devastating ACL injury, but has come back in full force, averaging 16.3 points per game.
Hummel is the ultimate story of perseverance.
In a matter of two years, Hummel tore his ACL not once, but twice. For most, this would signal the end of a career. But Hummel didn't let that stop him.
This season, Hummel earned his third Big-Ten 1st team selection, showing how tough this kid really is. He has led his Purdue teammates to a No. 10 seed in the NCAA tournament, where they will take on No. 7 St. Mary's.
Ever since his freshman year, Hummel was destined to be a great Boilermaker.
He set two freshman records at Purdue; free throw percentage (86.5) and three-point percentage (44.7).
Hummel also showcased his talents for the United States' team in the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Hummel along with Evan Turner, led the US to a bronze-medal finish under coach Bo Ryan.
One of Hummel's favorite college teammates was current Boston Celtic, E'Twaun Moore. He and Moore played high school AAU together and took their talents to Purdue. He and Moore fed off of each other and both were John Wooden Award nominees before the 2009-10 season.
Not only do Boilermaker fans know about Robbie Hummel, so does the Commander in Chief.
While doing his annual NCAA bracket with Andy Katz, President Obama had Purdue falling because they would be without Hummel.
Hummel may not be an elite pro prospect, but he has been the ideal teammate and one of the most well-liked college basketball players since his freshman year.
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