April 30, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - When Purdue men's basketball star Robbie Hummel was named the school's male recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor for the 2011-12 school year last week, he joined a long and distinguished list of Boilermaker student-athletes who have earned the prestigious distinction.
That night, he also joined a shorter list: members of the Hummel family to win the Big Ten Medal of Honor.
The Big Ten Conference endowed a Medal of Honor in 1914 to be awarded annually at each university to the student-athlete demonstrating the greatest proficiency in scholarship and athletics.
Glenn Hummel, Robbie's father, was a tennis player at Illinois, and was the Illini's 1976 recipient of the Medal of Honor. The elder Hummel was a four-year letterwinner on the Illinois tennis team, earning All-Big Ten accolades as a senior in 1976.
Robbie 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.
He was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the third time in his career in 2012, 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 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.