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Despite being drafted into NBA, former Purdue forward Robbie Hummel headed to Spain

Aug 9, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

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Former Purdue forward Robbie Hummel has decided to take his professional career overseas, signing with El Obradoiro of Spain’s top professional league, the Lafayette Courier Journal is reporting.

Hummel had been drafted 58th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2012 NBA Draft, but worked out an agreement that allows him to go to Europe.

“It is a done deal,” Hummel told the paper. “I am heading over to Spain. I’m excited. The Timberwolves and myself both agreed that it’s probably best for me to go overseas for a year.

“(The Timberwolves) have a lot of forwards on the team, but I still think the Timberwolves are my future.”

During his career at Purdue, Hummel tore his ACL twice, battling back both times and averaging 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this past season as a senior.

The Indiana native leaves Purdue ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list, as well as fourth on the all-time rebounding list.

As for his former team, they are currently in Italy for an overseas trip. The team recently visited the Vatican and is preparing for the 2012-13 season after finishing 22-13 this past year.

The Boilermakers welcome four Indiana natives to the team in 2012-13, led by Oak Hill (Va.) center A.J. Hammons.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. karlton2 - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    From an IU fan, good luck to Robbie, probably one of the few Purdue players that garnered respect from both sides of the IU/PU rivalry.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      I second that Karlton! Good luck Rob.

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