After season in Spain, Robbie Hummel passing on pointers to youngsters
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent June 11, 2013 11:18PM
Robbie Hummel instructs Luke Robertson of Crown Point on the proper way to shoot a free throw 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
Updated: July 15, 2013 6:33PM
MERRILLVILLE — Former Valparaiso High School basketball standout Robbie Hummel has overcome a lot of things in his basketball career.
Despite injuries that sidelined him for long periods of time, he had a memorable career at Purdue.
By his own account, his basketball experiences in Spain have been successful (he’s even got the spanish language down pretty well, thanks in no small part by taking up the language during his school years).
But this week, Hummel faces a different challenge: teaching the average 10-year-old the intricacies of successfully nailing a jump shot.
“Oh, this is easy, this isn’t hard work at all,” Hummel said about running his basketball camp at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville. “The injuries were tough, but working with kids is a fun time. This is something I like to do.”
And he gets to do it for a few more days.
Hummel’s basketball camp opened Tuesday for boys and girls from first through eighth grades and will run until Friday. Hummel says the camp will teach the fundamentals and basics of basketball.
“Right now, you have to tell them they don’t have to shoot 3-pointers, and they can scoot in a little (closer to the basket),” Hummel said with a laugh. “Basketball is a complex game with a lot to learn.”
Hummel’s education of professional basketball has taken him to Spain with hopes to of playing in the NBA as soon as possible (he was a second-round pick by Minnesota last season). Hummel’s outside jump shot was effective at Valparaiso and Purdue. And in Hummel’s first year in the pro ranks, the culture was different, but the results stayed the same.
Hummel played 19 minutes per game for Blusens Monbus Obradoiro and averaged 10.1 ppg, including shooting 49 percent from the floor and 41 percent from 3-point range.
“I shot the ball pretty well last season. It was nice to learn a new culture and learn some Spanish,” he said. “It was really good for me.”
His return to the states this week? Good for the kids.
“I’ve known Rob since before he was born,” joked former longtime Portage girls basketball coach Renee Turpa, who has a friendship with Hummel’s mother.
“The kids think it’s so cool that he’s here and he’s so good with kids. They love him, they’re just eating it up.”
For more information on Hummel’s basketball camp, wisit thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.