Despite a family basketball legacy at Princeton that included Edward Hummer and John Hummer, there was no family pressure for Ian Hummer to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle.
In fact, all parties encouraged Ian to consider all of his options while weighing his decision coming out of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.
With older brother Alex already enrolled at the prestigious Ivy League institution, all other recruiters were fighting an uphill battle to land the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
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Fast forward four years and the decision appears to have worked out for all parties.
Ian Hummer is a senior captain for head coach Mitch Henderson and has already surpassed father Edward’s 550 career rebounds (580 entering final campaign) and uncle John’s 1,031 points (1,266) in the Princeton record books.
With the Tigers out to an uneven 2-4 start to the 2012-13 season, Hummer is looking for Princeton to put together a full 40 minutes to demonstrate they are worthy of the billing as Ivy League preseason favorite.
A pre-Thanksgiving loss at Syracuse gave Henderson’s squad a glimpse of what is possible.
“Syracuse is a fantastic team, a top-10 team,” Hummer said. “When you can bring it to 5-6 points with 13 minutes left in the second half against a team like Syracuse, you know you are able to play.”
Using that mental approach, Hummer scored nine of his career-high 28 points as Princeton raced to a 19-4 lead at Lafayette in their next outing en route to a 72-53 win that was as close to perfection as the Tigers have come this season.
“Ian Hummer is a terrific player inside,” Leopards coach Fran O’Hanlon said. “Any time they throw in there you have to go down and help. We didn’t and he scored around the basket.”
Hummer, whose previous high total was 25 on three occasions, credited his teammates and a commitment to scoring in the low post for his individual and team success against Lafayette.
“When you have a guy who is hot, like I was in the first couple of minutes of the game, your teammates look for you,” Hummer said. “I have great teammates who pass the ball very well and our offense if hard to guard, so those two things, together, really helped me find my spots.”
Despite shooting 12-for-16 from the floor and hauling down seven rebounds, Hummer didn’t deem the night a total success noting his team-high four turnovers.
The Tigers limited the normally lethal outside shooting Leopards (10 per game entering the contest) to just 3-for-15 behind the arc, outrebounded the hosts 39-23 and shot 58% themselves from the floor.
Still, there is room for improvement, according to Hummer.
“You know, I think this is as close as we have gotten,” Hummer said. “If you just take away 5-6 turnovers then we have ourselves a good 40 minutes. I think we need to hit the boards a little more and take care of the ball a little more then we will have a pretty good team.”
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