Former Purdue basketball star named 2019 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year
A former Purdue basketball star has received an incredible honor.
On Thursday, former Boilermaker Robbie Hummel was named the 2019 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. He helped the USA men to their first ever FIBA 3×3 World Cup gold medal during the summer.
USA went a perfect 7-0 in 3×3 competition in June and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He scored a total of 46 points throughout the tournament, the third-highest total of the event.
Hummel also helped Ariel Slow & Steady win the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals in May. That team finished with a 7-1 record and Hummel scored 16 of the team’s 21 points in the championship game.
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) December 12, 2019
“It’s incredibly humbling,” Hummel told USAB.com. “I think when you look at the names that are on that list, it’s like, ‘Man, I’m not sure that I really belong almost.’ You are looking at guys like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson and the Dream Team. It’s pretty cool. I’m very honored to have won this award. It is a product of a lot of hard work that our 3×3 team put in and the success that we had. I’m very thankful I got to play with a group of guys that just wanted to win.”
Hummel was a star at Purdue from 2007-2012, averaging 14 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for his career. He is considered by many to be one of the top Boilermakers to play under head coach Matt Painter.