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Hummel, Jackson making progress

Matt Painter has been working Purdue's basketball camps and bouncing to alumni events this month.

Maybe that's why he didn't hear of Robbie Hummel reportedly tweaking his surgerically repaired knee weeks ago.

Message boards were rampant with the speculation that Hummel re-injured his right knee during a workout. But when asked about it while in Fort Wayne last week, Painter said, "I don't know what you're talking about. I don't know anything about that."

"He's in the regular rehab going through the process of trying to get back," Painter said during the Coaches Caravan stop.

Another Boilermaker who is rehabbing from surgery, guard Lewis Jackson, is doing well, Painter said.

"I wouldn't say he's at 100 percent, but he's working out," Painter said of Jackson, who had surgery in April. "He's on his own. He's doing stuff. When he got that screw out of his foot, it was going to take some time to come back. But he'll be perfectly fine for the start of the season. I think in the next month, he'll be fine. He's doing everything now, but I think it just bothers him a bit. That's what he said."

  • Painter said he's excited about having new assistant coach Mike Jackson's experience and recruiting base in the Midwest on staff. Jackson will be ready to get on the road recruiting in July, but Painter said the weeks before that are important, too.

    "What's good for us is the relationships of him getting in here for the start of summer school, being around our guys for about a month," Painter said.

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