Rob Hummel used the word "frustrating" at least a half-dozen times during a 20-minute interview on Wednesday.
He also said he's upset he can't finish his Purdue career with friends JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore, that his season-ending knee injury has been "tough to swallow" and even that he feels guilty after re-tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice on Saturday.
"It's been tough to find (the silver linings)," he said during a teleconference. "But I have a year and a few months now to prepare for next season, which is good. That's more than enough time. This whole coaching thing, I can figure that out (if it's in my future). Obviously, we have a lot to look forward to this year. Next year, we lose E'Twaun and JaJuan, but the cupboard isn't bare of talent. We'll still be good. I guarantee I'll do everything in my power to come back and work just as hard if not harder to come back.
"Yeah, it's frustrating. It's really not the most ideal situation that could have happened, but not everything here is completely terrible."
Hummel's focus physically now will be getting range of motion and extension back in the knee. He expects to have surgery in early November.
He's also intent on helping his teammates however he can. He said he'll act as another assistant coach, watching film and scouring over scouting reports, and will stay actively involved.
Coach Matt Painter thinks Hummel can serve as a sounding board for some of the team's younger players. Many of those players -- freshmen Travis Carroll and Sandi Marcius and sophomore Patrick Bade -- will be counted on to fill a larger role without Hummel. (We'll have more about that in Friday's paper after talking with those individuals.)
- The Boilermakers already have two commits for next season -- Donnie Hale and Jacob Lawson -- and are waiting on a decision from Illinois guard Chasson Randle. But with Hummel returning in 2011-12, Purdue's scholarships are fill. But Painter said "nothing has changed in our recruiting."