As we did last year with E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson, please use this thread to share your top memories from the careers of Purdue's three seniors, Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith.
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Hummel - Will forever be that home game against MSU (soph year?) where in the middle of a game deciding blitz, Hummel flies out of bounds saving the ball. He then immediately re-enters the court in the corner receives the ball back and knocks down the triple. All in a seamless fluid sequence!
LewJack - Wrestling the ball away from someone, I think in an IU game. Making a statement that he is not to be messed with.
Ryne - A game last year (PSU?) where he went off for 7 3's or something. Officially making his debut as someone who could provide over 20 pts in a game, not just a couple treys.
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Mr. Hummel---Jan 1 2010 vs West Virginia. Boilers force I believe a 5 second count or maybe a shot clock violation and Robbie gives out an animated fist pump and rafter shaking yell close to half court. I was in front of my TV on my feet doing the exact same thing.
Mr. Jackson--- Not just one movement, just the 1000 times he hit the floor after a layup and bounced back up like the floor was a trampoline.
Mr. Smith---3 baby!
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Hummel - as much as people might hate this, I'll never forget the moment he was sitting on the bench at the end of the VCU game in tears. So many great in game memories I can say, but I'll never forget that moment. It proved to me that this is more that basketball to him. I don't think it had anything to do with being selfish...he felt truly bad for ET and JJ. That was a hard moment to stomach as a man and as a boilermaker, but it made me love the kid that much more.
LewJack - The hundreds of contested layups where he ended up on the floor and the ball still went in. Specifically the string of three he made in a row against MSU at home last year on the game day game. He has a knack for getting the ball in the hole somehow.
Smith - Getting a five second call in the WVU game at home on new years day. That was the moment I started to love the kid's fire. One of my all time favorites.
They will all be missed...
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I'm not great with remembering specific performances. I'll always remember Hummel for his spurtability throughout his career. He can put up 10 or 12 points in a 3 minute span and change the entire face of a game. He had countless numbers of games that his scoring alone kept us in or gave us a win. When I think LewJack, I think about a kid that's so fast he can beat his man to the hoop before any defender can even get into the lane. I'll remember him for allowing me to not worry about ball handling at Purdue for 4 years. He came in as the final piece to a ready-made team. I'll actually remember Ryne for his junior year when Dan Dakich called him one of the best defenders in the Big Ten. No one would have ever thought they'd hear those words. This kid's work ethic and shooting range will never be forgotten.
It's likely that at the end of the day I'll remember all 3 of them for tonight's ceremony much like E'Twaun and JaJuan last year. They've meant too much to the program to single out one game or one performance. As someone who attended Purdue from 2000-2004, I'll remember this class and the past two for finally making me care about Purdue basketball. We went to the NCAA tournament ONE TIME in my Purdue tenure, so these guys have profoundly impacted me as a Purdue fan. I am now a season ticket holder despite living 3-3.5 hours away. It is a blessing to watch these young men compete each and every game.
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Hummel-The block against Wisconsin. I was right next to the court. I didn't want to rush the court but there were so many people pushing that I just had to go onto the court.
LewJack-His dunk that he had this past season. It was one of the few games that I was able to go to. It was an awesome moment because there were so many times throughout his career that I thought he was going to do it and he never did.
Smith-I would have to say how he went from somebody that nearly everybody wanted to transfer to somebody who has become a better defender and a great three point threat.
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I remember them as a group that each had to fight through alot of extra stuff to get here. Hummel had the two acl's and a back. LJ had a back a foot and a learning experience a couple of years ago. Smith first dealt with idiots on message boards spreading transfer rumors about him because he was a MAC level player and could never possibly contribute at Purdue and then later on the infamous flying ball ramp that concussed him.
It hasnt been a smooth ride through for any of these three but they got here, represented themselves and Purdue well, learned along the way, and all contributed to winning many a basketball game. Hummel will go down as an alltime great and probably get his number up with JJ and Moore but the contributions of the other two are quite significant as well and should especially be appreciated tonight.
Hummel against UCONN in Glendale Smith agaist PSU last year LewJack against MSU in Mackey last year
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All three in Bloomington this Sunday...... BTFU POTFH
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Hummel - When he commited, a time when there wasn't much to get excited about with Purdue basketball. His block to save the win against Wisky in 2007
LewJack - Getting clobbered by Krabbenhoft at Wisconsin in 2008 (?)
Ryne - Hitting some big 3's in the home victory over WVU
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I'll always remember the Ohio State game 2 years ago when Robbie hit like 7 threes in the first half. the last one I thought the roof was going to come off and the announcers voice cracked when he screamed "Robbbbbiiiiieeeeee Huuuuummmmeellllll foooooorrrr threeeeeeee." Good times.
Robbie: Getting the 5 second call on West Virginia
Lew: The scramble for the ball at half court against MSU for College GameDay, then with the scoop to Ryne for the 3.
Ryne: 5-5 from 3 @Penn St. last season
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I go back to the days of Lamar Lundy, Willie Merriweather, Wilson Eison and I feel that these three young men have been true representatives of the spirit and essence of PURDUE athletics and PURDUE itself. They have been determined, excitable and gentlemen on and off the court. I have too many wonderful memories of each to mention any three specifics. Thank you for being BOILERS.
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Hummel - His 4-pt play against Penn St. (2009) after resting two games with his back injury. Which he did again tonight.
Jackson - His Fr. year when we played at Wisconsin and Joe Krabbenhoft gave LewJack a welcome to the Big Ten forearm to the head.
Smith - his fight with the ball rack.... Jk - I would say the two road games to open the Big Ten last year at Michigan and Penn St. He was lights out in those two games.
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Was that hummel's fr year? I remember that too, but can't remember the year. I know that game against MSU their fr year was a great game where we almost lost a 20-pt lead. Hummel hi a huge 18-footer at the end of that game. That shot and the Wisconsin block.
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Hummel: "He will be a cult like figure to Purdue basketball fans" -Steve Lavin during the baby Boilers win against MSU in Feb 2008. I had to rewatch the game as soon as I got home from sitting second row in the Paint Crew. That line summed it up perfectly...and from the first exhibition game he played in to his last game his play will be 100% unforgettable. The 5 second call against WVU, the save followed by the 3 against MSU, the block, the countless rebound-fast breaks, etc...just amazing.
Lew: Sienna. The first time I saw him absolutely take over a game, and it wasn't the last. So glad Brian mentioned that in his blog. -the 7 games Purdue played with Lew and Hummel showed me how great of a PG he is. The stats may not always show it, but he brings much more than the stat sheet will tell. Lew will go down as the most underrated Boiler in my lifetime, and it's not close. People will continue to harp on his jumpshot for the next ten years instead of remembering the controlled aggression he brought to the offense.
Ryne: against WVU his sophomore year he owned Devin Ebanks on a couple possessions...right then I knew this wasn't your normal 3 point specialist. Out classed and out sized, he brought it.
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I remember being out in Las Vegas during that tournament and hearing fans of Iowa State, Missouri State, and Alabama all comment about how Robbie looked like an up-and-comer. Of course, a couple of them picked on his free throw style, too.
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About Hummel: The one horrific stark memory that will always live in the nightmares of every Boiler fan. We were killing Minnesota on the road. I remember turning to my son and saying: The Gophers look like card board cutouts as we raced to a stiletto like 14 point first half lead. And then in a flash,the worst seen ever--Hummel writhing on the floor. And because of that Purdue never got to see what it could do with all its power released in the NCAA. It is nice to dream that with Robbie, JJ, Moore, LJ and Smith, etc we would have won it all or been in the Final Four at least--maybe twice. We were cheated by these injuries of the glory we all hope for. BUT despite that this kid fought thru everything and never quit playing at the top of his game and forged with LJ and Smith a final run now that may not be done. They are playing at a high level now, completely in sync and it is wonderful to watch. It just shows what spirit, hard work and courage will do and these 3 had it all despite the dreams that crashed that Feb in Minnesota. Here's hoping maybe something sparks and this team does the best of them all, even with the odds against them and JJ and EM in Boston. We can root and hope and I will.
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Lewjack getting clobbered by Krabby at Wisconsin his freshman year. Afterwards he walked through the Wisconsin huddle at the start of a timeout and showed he wasn't scared of those guys. More impressive, that hit happened early in the game and he ended up scoring double digits. He had to sit out practice the next few days and missed the Michigan game due to concussion symptoms. His performance under those conditions signify how tough he was and I will always remember lewjack as one of the toughest guys to hit the court.
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Hummel - Pouring his heart out in the Kansas game.