April 5, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's basketball program put the finishing touches on the 2011-12 season on Thursday evening at the 90th-annual Purdue Men's Basketball Banquet. The event, held at the Purdue Memorial Union, was sponsored by the Lions Club of Lafayette.
The festivities also featured remarks from Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke, associate athletics director Tom Reiter and head coach Matt Painter.
Individual awards were distributed at the end of the evening, with senior forward Robbie Hummel garnering the prestigious John Wooden Most Valuable Player Award. The team MVP award is named in honor of the late Wooden, the Boilermaker legend, 1932 National Player of the Year and first three-time All-American in college basketball history.
Hummel was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2012 after leading the Boilers in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots. His average of 16.4 points ranked fourth in the Big Ten, while his marks of 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per outing ranked fourth and sixth in the conference, respectively.
The Valparaiso, Ind., native also won the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, a national accolade celebrating four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition. Hummel is Purdue's first-ever winner of the award, and its third national finalist in as many years after Chris Kramer in 2010 and E'Twaun Moore in 2011.
Hummel finished his career ranked ninth in program history in scoring with 1,772 points, tied for fourth in rebounds with 862, fourth in three-point field goals with 216 and seventh in blocks with 112.
Hummel's work on the glass in 2011-12, snagging a career-best 251 boards, earned him the team's Rebound Award for the third time in his career. He was also credited with taking the most charges of any Purdue player in 2011-12, making him the recipient of the team's Courage Award for the second time in his career.
As the Boilermakers' assist leader with a career-high 148 on the year, senior guard Lewis Jackson was the winner of his third-career Bob King Assist Award, named for the longtime Purdue assistant who exemplified the ultimate in team play. He finished his career ranked seventh in program history with 456 assists, making him one of just 10 Purdue players to break the 400-assist barrier.
The Decatur, Ill., native also took home the Doc Combs "Play Hard" Award for the first time in his career on Thursday. The accolade is given annually to the Purdue player who leads the team in a combination of steals, charges taken, loose balls recovered, blocked shots, rebounds and assists.
Junior guard/forward D.J. Byrd was recognized with his second-straight Ray Eddy "Mr. Hustle" Award on Thursday. The honor is annually bestowed upon the player who displays the greatest amount of determination, drive and leadership.
Smith rounded out the night's awards as the recipient of the Lambert Award, presented to the Boilermaker with the highest grade-point average over the previous two semesters. The Toledo, Ohio, native earned a 3.59 GPA over the last two terms, and recently garnered his second-career Academic All-Big Ten honor.