Purdue basketball legends return to Mackey Arena for annual alumni game

Gene Keady, Robbie Hummel, Jajuan Johnson headline former stars that participated in the 2018 game.

Posted: Aug 5, 2018 7:53 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2018 10:14 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Members of the Three Amigos, the Baby Boilers, former NBA Champions, and College Basketball Hall of Famers all gathered Saturday to relive the past in the annual Purdue Basketball Alumni Game.

Among the attendees were legendary head coach Gene Keady, and All-Americans Robbie Hummel and Jajuan Johnson. Others included Todd Mitchell, Chris Kramer and current assistant coach Brandon Brantley. 

Players and coaches wore shirts supporting the voice of Purdue Basketball, Larry Clisby, in his fight against cancer while the fans in attendance gave Clisby a standing ovation before the game as he presented the game ball to the officials. 

Robbie Hummel said playing against former teammate Jajuan Johnson was his highlight of the game. 

"Probably Jajuan. I mean we lived together freshman year, we had so many great moments here together. You're going against a guy that's still playing at a very high level overseas, so probably was a little more difficult for me to get shots off, but at the same time I love playing against him, we played against each other and with each other for so long and it's always fun to go and play against him."

Meanwhile Hummel's former teammate Ryne Smith, enjoyed beating up on his old friend.

"Favorite part about playing in the game is beating Rob Hummel. I think that's always the goal I am always happy that we're matched against each other and then when I can get a win against him it's always a great day." 

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