MERRILLVILLE | It's about a 90-minute drive from White Pigeon, Mich., to The Fieldhouse-Merrillville, but that didn't deter Shane Doehrmann and his daughters Alex and Leni.
The trio made the trek four days this week to attend Robbie Hummel's Basketball Camp.
"I've followed Robbie his whole career," said Doehrmann, a Purdue graduate, a John Purdue Club member and a season ticket holder. "He was running all the things I was looking for in a camp. Obviously, he's a fundamental player and a great role model."
The Doehrmann girls were among over 160 participants in the camp, which started Tuesday and ended today.
"The staff did a phenomenal job keeping the kids engaged," Hummel said. "It's fun to work with the kids, to teach them the game, how to compete. I think we put on a great camp. The kids enjoyed themselves and the guys who worked it did as well."
Hobart native Adam Tatalovich, a coach in Perth, Australia, with an extensive background in directing camps, has been corresponding with Hummel via Skype dating back to November.
"Robbie really had some unique concepts," Tatalovich said. "A lot of times, it's hard to keep the little kids' attention, but he stayed with the station the entire time. I've worked Michael Jordan's camp and you're not going to see a professional basketball player give more time, more one-on-one attention, than Robbie. It's a real family atmosphere."
Hummel's parents, Glenn and Linda, also helped coordinate the event, and brother Dan took part in drills. Groups moved from court to court in eight-minute increments, receiving hands-on instruction in various aspects of the game. Robbie conducted the shooting station.
"I learned a lot more skills," Leni Doehrmann, 11, said.
The camp featured several of Hummel's former Purdue teammates (Lewis Jackson, DJ Byrd, Dru Anthrop), among 10 Division-I players, five who have played professionally, and five high school-level coaches.
"It was cool playing with people who have experienced more situations," Evan Foerg, 11, of Rolling Prairie, said.
Allison Prisby of St. John taught Hummel for two years at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Valparaiso and brought her son William, 9.
"I like Purdue. My grandpa went there," William said. "I learned to step into my passes; when I'm shooting the ball, to get my hand under the black dot; and to be a good sport. I think it was awesome (meeting the players)."
Hummel was excited about the turnout and is looking forward to doing it again.
"You just don't know if you're going to get 20 or 25," Glenn Hummel said. "Signups started slow, then we had a bunch at the end. You're kind of hitting a moving target as far as the (instructors) to have here, but you'd rather have too many than not enough."