The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Sports

October 10, 2013

Hummel hasn't given up, despite obstacles

(Continued)

Hummel might have been a huge pain in the rear for Gophers fans when he was at Purdue, where he scored 1,772 points and grabbed 862 rebopunds, both of which rank in the top 10 in program history.

But now he's a person you can root for. He's quiet, unassuming ... doesn't do a dance or fancy hand gesture just because he made a 3-point shot that he practices every day. He's an underdog, someone who would have gotten a mulit-year, million-dollar contract if he'd stay healthy but now bounces around the basketball globe trying to stick somewhere.

He's learned about competition and adjusting to your environment. He said last season in Spain, he was called fro travelling eight times in the first three games.

"(The Timberwolves) know I can shoot," Hummel said. "I have to show them that I can defend and rebound and battle."

For all the Timberwolves players who have come through here the last few seasons feeling like they were owed something — Michael Beasley, Darko Milicic, Rasha McCants, etc. — it's refreshing to talk with Hummel, who has worked hard to earn a few basketball scraps.

He faces an uphill battle to make the final roster, though Budinger's injuiry history suggests that he'll miss more games than he plays this season so Hummel has a chance.

That's really all he's asking for. He'll take care of the rest.

Chad Courrier is a Free Press staff writer. To contact him, call 507-344-6353, e-mail at ccourrier@mankatofreepress.com or follow his Twitter feed @ChadCourrier.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Outdoors

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Oakland Raiders To Become San Antonio Raiders? - @TheBuzzeronFox 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Byron Scott Reportedly New Head Coach Of Los Angeles Lakers - @TheBuzzeronFox SportsNite: Botched play Gruden: Full-speed practices key for fundamentals Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France College Football Playoff Prognosis: Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football Playoff Prognosis: Nebraska Cornhuskers Jake Peavy traded from Red Sox to Giants Browns wants Johnny Football to buckle down How Losing Joe Bergeron Affects Texas What will Pierzynski bring to St. Louis?