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Hummel says knee feels "great"

Rob Hummel still feels guilty.

He expects he'll just have to live with it.

Hummel, whose senior season was postponed after tearing the ACL in his right knee in October, said he can't avoid playing the "what if" game.

"Especially when things are going bad," he said Wednesday in his first interview with local media since injuring his knee. "When we're winning games, it's not so hard. But when we get in tough situations and stuff like that, it can be pretty difficult."

Being stuck on the bench was especially frustrating Tuesday night, Hummel said. He had to watch his Purdue teammates get crushed by No. 1 Ohio State, allowing 87 points in a loss in Columbus, Ohio.

"Obviously it's hard to watch guys you care about and are such good friends with struggle through something like that. It's never fun to get beat like that," he said. "So watching that from the bench is kind of a helpless feeling because you really can't do much about it."

All Hummel can do is continue to work hard in his rehab from a second knee surgery in less than a year.

That, he said, is going well. He's ahead of schedule and the knee "feels great."

  • Though coach Matt Painter will head the World University Games team for the U.S. this summer, Hummel said he doesn't plan on participating. Hummel's already had that experience, and he just wants to focus on his Purdue career at this point.

    "I think it'd be awesome to play with that staff, but there's really no reason for me to go out and try it," he said of playing on the team, which will compete in China this summer.