Just when Purdue basketball fans thought fifth-year senior Robbie Hummel’s legend could expand no higher ground, it just did.
On Friday afternoon, during Final Four activities in New Orleans, Hummel was named the recipient of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
The award is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division One men’s basketball.
Hummel is the first Purdue player to earn this award. Fellow grads Chris Kramer and E’Twaun Moore were both finalists in each of the last two seasons.
“I’m extremely humbled to win this award. I have great parents who really raised me to do things the right way, and I’m so grateful to them. It’s also a testament to my coaches and teammates at Purdue for helping shape my life as I was becoming an adult,” Hummel said in a statement released by the university. “I’ve just always tried to do things the right way and be a good guy.”
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete.
Hummel was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2012 for the third time in his career, making him just the seventh Boilermaker to earn three nods to the league’s top squad.
On Monday, Hummel was recognized as an Associated Press honorable mention All-American for the second time in his career, having also earned the honor in 2010. Along with his second-team NABC accolade in 2010, Hummel claimed a total of three All-America honors in his tenure at Purdue.
Hummel finished his career ranked ninth in Purdue history with 1,772 points and tied for fourth with 862 rebounds.
“Guys like Rob Hummel don’t come around very often,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “But, as a coach, you wish you had 10 of him.”