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May 18, 2010

Hummel progressing well

By all indications, Robbie Hummel is recovering nicely from the knee injury that shook the entire college basketball world Feb. 24.

After tearing his anterior cruciate ligament at Minnesota that day - ending his season and dealing a severe blow to a team with legitimate Final Four aspirations - Hummel underwent surgery March 8.

He's already back on the court.

"Dr. (Donald) Shelbourne did an unbelievable job in surgery," Hummel, who's been off-limits to the media since his injury, wrote in a blog for FoxSports.com. "I had a great rehab plan set up for me and I couldn't have wished for anything better."

Hummel meets with Shelbourne monthly for post-op exams, his latest check-up being in early May.

"(Shelbourne's) very happy with where he is," said Hummel's father, Glenn. "He's doing just fine. You hate to put a schedule on it, but all indications are he is where he needs to be, maybe a little bit ahead of schedule."

The rising senior has returned to the floor for light individual workouts and has been shooting for a few weeks.

"They just want him to watch his swelling," Glenn Hummel said, "and see how (the knee) responds, then adjust accordingly."

In the FoxSports.com blog, Robbie Hummel wrote about playing golf.

Hummel wrote, "I was cleared to play golf about a month ago (shockingly my golf game has drastically improved), and as of right now, I plan to start working out basketball-wise when May-mester (a quick summer session that runs from late May until mid-June) starts."

Maymester began at Purdue on Monday.

Robbie Hummel has been told that he could be back playing pick-up games in July. But there will be no hurry to do so.

For an upperclassman whose health is of paramount importance for the Boilermakers, common sense suggests that there's little sense in rushing the process.

"We've talked about that," Glenn Hummel said. "Nov. 1 is really when you want to be ready to go. He's talked about how he wants to be able to go a whole lot faster. But he'll be smart about it. I think he knows he doesn't have to be back any time soon. He can probably get just as much done, if not more, in the gym than playing pickup."

When last asked about Hummel's recovery, Coach Matt Painter said the two-time National Player-of-the-Year candidate is doing "great."


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