Purdue forward Robbie Hummel was named the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner for men's basketball Friday. Hummel is Purdue's first-ever winner of the award, given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I men's basketball. The award is chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men's basketball coaches, media and fans. To be eligible for the award, the player must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
"I'm extremely humbled to win this award. I have great parents who really raised me to do things the right way, and I'm so grateful to them. It's also a testament to my coaches and teammates at Purdue for helping shape my life as I was becoming an adult," Hummel said in a statement. "I've just always tried to do things the right way and be a good guy. Coach Painter tells us that the air will eventually come out of the ball and that how we conduct ourselves on and off the court is extremely important. It feels great to be recognized with a great group of people for living up to that standard."