April 11, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue diving standout David Boudia and men's basketball star Robbie Hummel have been named co-recipients of the prestigious Varsity Walk Award, given annually to the outstanding senior who has participated as a varsity athlete and brought national recognition to Purdue.
Bob Verplank, a 1957 Purdue graduate, was the originator of the idea of Varsity Walk. It was the project of the Purdue Reamer Club spring pledge class of 1956. The walk was located in the Purdue Mall with the Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering buildings to the south and the Chem-Met buildings to the north. An awards tower listing all the recipients stands at the northwest corner of the Materials and Electrical Engineering buildings.
Boudia opted to forgo his final season of college eligibility to focus on training for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The 2008 Olympian remained enrolled in courses, as well as a constant around the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, where he continues to practice with Purdue diving coach Adam Soldati. The Reamer Club decided to honor Boudia because 2011-12 would have been his senior season.
Boudia was a six-time NCAA champion for the Boilermakers, winning two titles in each of his three appearances at the national championship meet. In July, he won a silver medal in the 10-meter platform competition at the FINA World Championships, becoming the first American to medal in the event at the World Championships since 1986. He also won two more titles at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in December, increasing his career total to 16.
The Noblesville, Ind., native was a three-time Purdue Male Athlete of the Year winner. He was also selected as the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year for the 2010-11 school year, becoming the first diver to win the award and only the second Boilermaker. USA Diving has named Boudia its Athlete of the Year three times, claiming the national honor in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Hummel is one of just six three-time All-Americans in Purdue men's basketball history, earning second-team honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 2010 in addition to honorable mention accolades from the Associated Press in both 2010 and 2012.
Hummel was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2012 for the third time in his career, making him just the seventh Boilermaker to earn three nods to the league's top squad. He is also one of just three players in program history, along with Paul Hoffman and close friend E'Twaun Moore, to garner All-Big Ten honors in each of his four seasons.
The Valparaiso, Ind., native battled injuries to lead the Boilermakers to four NCAA Tournament appearances and more than 100 wins during his collegiate tenure. He played in 95 victories in a Purdue uniform, tied for fifth on the program's career chart.
Hummel was named the team's John Wooden Most Valuable Player 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.
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.
The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was also the winner of the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, becoming the first Boilermaker to garner the prestigious award celebrating excellence in the classroom, community, competitive arena and character.