After trading away their only first round selection for the likes of former Houston Rocket Chase Budinger, the Minnesota Timberwolves used their sole second round choice on Purdue standout Robbie Hummel. During his impressive tenure for the Boilermakers, Hummel gained notice after helping his team to reach back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in his first two years at the school. In the midst of an impressive junior campaign, Hummel tore his right ACL which subsequently put a damper on their national championship aspirations. During his comeback from his injury, Hummel re-tore the same ACL, putting the future of his basketball career in serious jeopardy. However, he worked tremendously hard and enjoyed his best season of his college tenure this past season, averaging career highs in points, 16.3, and rebounds, 7.1, while shooting an impressive 38% from beyond the arc. The 6’9″, 212 pound small forward is a proven winner and is a sharpshooter when left open, making him a potential steal in the second round.
How Hummel immediately fits in with the Wolves is relatively unknown, as the Pups will explore many different avenues via free agency and trades in order to fill their need for perimeter scoring. However, with not many players currently under contract, Hummel may end up being a role player as soon as this season. He brings a winner’s attitude and undeniable work ethic, and was an inspiration to his teammates at Purdue after coming back to form from back-to-back ACL tears. One has to think that head coach Rick Adelman is calling the player personnel shots at this point, as the acquisition of Budinger and drafting of Hummel seem to reflect Adelman’s philosophy of what he wants in a player. While neither player is overgifted, both could serve enormous importance to the team going forward and seem to be the right fits for our offensive system.
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