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Kramer getting work in

Chris Kramer has "no idea" where he'll be in three months.

He'd like to land with an NBA team.

But before that can happen, Kramer must keep working on improving his skill set and conditioning. That's exactly what he's been doing for the last three weeks in Indianapolis.

Kramer has been staying with a friend in Carmel and driving to near Zionsville to get basketball instruction with former NBA coach Ed Schilling in the mornings and then heading to St. Vincent Sports Performance in the afternoons to work on weight training and conditioning.

One of the areas of emphasis, as you'd expect, is on Kramer's offensive game.

He's a better shooter than many Purdue fans probably think -- watching him in practice and before games, you'd notice that -- but he knows that's an area where he needs to be money to score a roster spot in the NBA.

"At this level, you have to be able to score and shoot the basketball," Kramer said inside St. Vincent Sports Performance Tuesday. "I put time in. It's things I could do, I just didn't do it at the (college) level. I'd always pass the ball to Robbie Hummel, E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson. Just gave Purdue the best chance to win.

"At this level, you've got to step up and make those shots when the opportunity presents itself and be that threat on the court at all times. You just have to do everything else the same way you've always done it."

  • Kramer said he thought Johnson made the right decision when deciding to return for his senior season. "I was kind of surprised because I thought he had his mind set that he was going to leave," Kramer said. "But I think he made the best decision for himself and for Purdue University."
  • Kramer said he chose Indianapolis-based agent Buddy Baker because he liked him, he is a "Purdue guy," he understands basketball and he "just maximizes the effort he puts into it and gets guys the most exposure possible."
  • Working at St. Vincent Sports Performance was an easy choice, Kramer said. It's where Greg Oden and fellow Purdue teammates Keaton Grant and E'Twaun Moore have worked out, and it also was recommended by Baker. The facility offers weight training, agility training and has personnel to work with athletes. I spotted Purdue linebackers and Indianapolis natives Jason Werner and Joe Holland there Tuesday. Carolina Panthers punter Jason Baker, a Wayne graduate, said he works out there when he's in Indiana, too.
  • For more from Kramer and what's he's been up to since finals week, check out Wednesday's paper.
  • Hummel wasn't supposed to be speaking with any media -- per coach Matt Painter's orders -- but he broke his silence Monday. In a blog entry on foxsports.com, Hummel talked about his rehab (plans to start working out "basketball-wise" today) and his reaction to teammates E'Twaun Moore and Johnson coming back to school. There's some good stuff in there. Apparently, Hummel opted to accept Jeff Goodman's blog request without first asking permission through Purdue's sports information department. We're told Hummel still is off-limits to reporters.

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