Robbie Hummel remains confident he’ll make T-wolves roster
By Michael Osipoff 713-2485 or email@example.com July 31, 2013 11:28PM
Purdue and Valparaiso High School graduate Robbie Hummel gives instruction to participants during the second annual Robbie Hummel Basketball Camp held at the Fieldhouse in Merrillville on Tuesday June 11, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
He has been hoping to hear something definitive from the Minnesota Timberwolves sooner rather than later.
But Robbie Hummel estimated his chances at “90 percent” that he would be attending training camp with the team, after his strong performance in the Las Vegas Summer League. The former Valparaiso High and Purdue star was anticipating the Timberwolves bringing in the range of 16 to 18 players to camp; there appears to be one open spot on their 15-man roster.
“I feel good about where I’m at,” Hummel said. “I feel like I did what I needed to do to give myself a chance.
“The feedback I received was very positive.”
Hummel impressed with his shooting, rebounding and versatility (he played both the small forward and “stretch four,” defending every position except point guard at some point). In five games, starting all of them, he averaged 8.6 points (tied for second on the team, with the leader at 8.7), a team-high 5.8 rebounds, and a team-high 21.4 minutes. He shot 47.1 percent (16-of-34) from the field, including 3-of-9 from 3-point range.
Hummel experienced no problems with his twice-reconstructed right knee, even playing four straight days and five games in six days; he did, though, sit out the Timberwolves’ sixth and final game after spraining his ankle in their fourth game, limited to eight-plus minutes in that one before returning for a game in between.
“It’s the best I’ve felt movement-wise since I hurt my knee the first time against Minnesota (on Feb. 24, 2010). In the first game (in summer league), I had a steal and dunk, and I went back to the bench and said, ‘What the heck?’” Hummel said with a laugh.
“I was moving well laterally — it was just a good feeling. Not that I didn’t play well in Spain (where he spent last season, after the Timberwolves selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft), but at times, I just didn’t feel athletic. In Las Vegas, it just felt great to be able to move like that.”
Hummel, who has been training in Valparaiso, has received offers from teams in Spain, Italy and Germany, including the one for which former Boilermakers teammate Chris Kramer plays.
“It’s hard to wait around, but we should know for sure about training camp in the next week or so — it’s looking good,” he said. “My goal is to make the roster and be playing here.”