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Another reason to root for Robbie Hummel and Purdue

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Just like Purdue fans who agonized for weeks over whether JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore would turn pro or return to school, Robbie Hummel admits he too was stressed out waiting for his teammates' decisions.

Hummel blogged about the experience earlier this week on FoxSports.com, sharing with readers exactly how he found out both Johnson and Moore were coming back to Purdue to make one last run at a Final Four.

The phone call from Moore came the afternoon before the May 8 deadline as Hummel was sitting down with friends to watch "Iron Man 2." Although Hummel was "real pumped" and "relieved" to learn he wouldn't be the only senior on next year's team, he couldn't celebrate yet because he knew Johnson was still on the fence.

Hummel actually missed Johnson's phone call later that night because he was watching a Cavs-Celtics playoff game. Here's how he described the moment when he called his teammate back:

He answered the phone, sounding calm and collected. I literally had no idea what he was going to say to me, but to sum up everything, he made it sound like he was leaving, then pulled a complete 180 in typical JaJuan Johnson fashion and said he was coming back to school.

I'm sure my reaction was priceless, but it basically comprised of screaming and jumping up and down like a 5-year-old.

How great is that? It's refreshing to know that sometimes athletes care just as much as the fans — or maybe even more in the case of Hummel, who lost the chance to make a Final Four run this year because of a season-ending knee injury in late February.

Hummel said rehab is progressing well and he plans to start doing basketball drills again later this month. To say the least, having Johnson and Moore back provides plenty of incentive for Hummel to work hard.

"With the return of these two guys, I feel that we are definitely a Final Four-caliber team," Hummel wrote. "I can't even explain how excited I am to get the honor and privilege to play with not only these two guys, but the rest of our team as well."

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