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Robbie Hummel

Robbie Hummel Named USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year

  • Date:
    Dec 12, 2019

Robbie Hummel, who helped lead the USA men to its first FIBA 3x3 World Cup gold medal and who was named MVP of the event, today was named the 2019 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

“It’s incredibly humbling,” Hummel said of the honor. “I think when you look at the names that are on that list, it’s like, ‘Man, I’m not sure that I really belong almost.’ You are looking at guys like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson and the Dream Team. It’s pretty cool. I’m very honored to have won this award. It is a product of a lot of hard work that our 3x3 team put in and the success that we had. I’m very thankful I got to play with a group of guys that just wanted to win.”

USA Basketball has presented its Athlete of the Year awards annually since 1980.

“Robbie helped USA Basketball accomplish an important milestone in winning our first FIBA 3x3 World Cup men’s gold medal, and it was an impressive honor for him to be selected as the MVP at such a competitive event,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball chief executive officer. “We are proud to recognize Robbie’s incredible performances, and we are grateful for his commitment.”

USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year
Award Winners

2019
Robbie Hummel
1999
Gary Payton

2018

Reggie Hearn

1998

Elton Brand

2017

Jameel Warney

1997

Earl Boykins

2016

Carmelo Anthony & 
Kevin Durant

1996

Scottie Pippen

2015

Jalen Brunson

1995

Ray Allen

2014

Kyrie Irving

1994

Shaquille O’Neal

2013

Aaron Gordon

1993

Michael Finley

2012

LeBron James

1992

U.S. Olympic Men’s Team

2011

Jabari Parker

1991

Christian Laettner

2010

Kevin Durant

1990

Alonzo Mourning

2009

James McAdoo

1989

Larry Johnson

2008

U.S. Olympic Men’s Team

1988

Dan Majerle

2007

Jason Kidd

1987

Danny Manning

2006

Carmelo Anthony

1986

David Robinson

2005

Sheldon Williams

1985

Chuck Person

2004

Sean May &
Chris Paul

1984

Michael Jordan &
Sam Perkins

2003

Tim Duncan

1983

Michael Jordan

2002

Reggie Miller

1982

Glenn Rivers

2001

Chris Duhon

1981

Kevin Boyle

2000

Alonzo Mourning

1980

Isiah Thomas

Hummel, who starred at Purdue University (2007-08 to 2011-12) and played two seasons with the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves, helped lead the USA Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team to a 7-0 record and the U.S. men’s first gold medal at a FIBA 3x3 World Cup from June 18-23 in Amsterdam, where he was named MVP of the 20-team tournament. He scored a team high 46 points, which ranked third among all competitors at 6.6 points per game.

He also helped Ariel Slow & Steady win the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals May 3-4 in Las Vegas with a 7-1 record, where he also was named MVP. Hummel scored 16 of his team’s 21 points in the championship game.

Hummel played 52 games for Princeton in FIBA 3x3 World Tour events and other FIBA 3x3 action in 2019, and Princeton finished in second place on the FIBA 3x3 World Tour in 2019. As of Dec. 6, 2019, he ranks No. 17 in the world 3x3 men’s rankings and third in the U.S.

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