As tonight's NBA draft unfolds, the question regarding Robbie Hummel doesn't seem to be "if" as much as "when."
The Valparaiso High School and Purdue graduate's stock has risen during recent workouts to the point where his name could be called sooner rather than later.
"I'm very excited. It should be fun," Hummel said. "Growing up in Northwest Indiana, obviously being a huge Bulls fan, this is something I've wanted since I was a little kid. Right now, I'm being pretty cool about it, but about 7 o'clock (tonight), it could be a different story. My agent said to hold on; it could be a pretty wild night. The second round could get crazy."
Whatever the case, Hummel's agent, Mark Bartelstein of Primary Sports, expects it to pan out well for his client.
"I think it's going to be a terrific night for Robbie and his family," Bartelstein said. "A lot of teams are jockeying to try to get him. A couple teams are considering him at the end of the first round. If not, then certainly somewhere in the second. It's tough to say. You never know for sure."
Projected weeks back to go toward the end of the second round if at all, Hummel traversed the country over the last months, also making a trip to Toronto, and seemed to impress at each stop.
"It was a lot harder than I thought, fatigue-wise," he said. "E'Twaun (Moore) and JaJuan (Johnson) told me I'd be tired, but I thought they were being melodramatic. It was a long process, but I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity I was given. I don't feel like I had a bad workout."
Hummel piqued the interest of the world champion Miami Heat, hitting 45 of 50 3-pointers in front of team president Pat Riley.
"I shot the ball very well, probably at the highest level I ever have," he said.
For Hummel, the biggest factor was allaying any anxieties regarding the condition of his twice surgically repaired right knee. It held up to the physical rigors and passed all the team medical tests without issue.
"It's not a case of having been injured. It's a case of how they came back from it," Bartelstein said. "A lot of guys in the NBA have come back from torn ACLs and had great success. The fun part is Robbie's getting better and better every day. It's been a constant progression the past 12 to 16 months. I couldn't be prouder of a guy, his work ethic, the way he's overcome adversity. He never made an excuse. He just kept working."
Hummel is among several players represented by Bartelstein who are expected to have their names announced tonight in New York. The list includes Miles Plumlee (Duke), John Shurna (Northwestern), Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure) and Bradley Beal (Florida).
"In terms of a player to represent, he's a dream," Bartelstein said of Hummel. "That's the only way I can put it. Whatever you ask him to do, he does. He applies everything you ask him to apply. He follows instructions to a T. He's a special kid.
"In this business, it's nice to see good things happen to wonderful people."
Family and close friends will follow the draft tonight at an undisclosed restaurant in West Lafayette.