Ohio State men's basketball spotlight: Danny Hummer

Adam Jardy
Guard Danny Hummer is Upper Arlington's all-time leader in assists and steals. [Ohio State University]

Ohio State will open its 2018-19 men's basketball season by playing its first game at Cincinnati in 98 years. The Buckeyes and Bearcats will meet at the newly renovated Fifth Third Arena on Nov. 7, marking only the 11th time the in-state programs have met and the first time they’ve played each other within state lines since 1921. In preparation for the game, The Dispatch is counting down the final 14 days with power rankings for each of the members of the Ohio State roster. The series continues today with the second player in our rankings.

No. 13: Danny Hummer

Position: Guard

Class: Junior (redshirt)

Height/Weight: 6 feet / 175 pounds

Jersey number: 40

Background: An Upper Arlington product, Hummer was a two-time captain for the Golden Bears and the program’s all-time leader in assists and steals despite suffering from torn labrums in both hips caused by a congenital condition called femoroacetabular impingement as a sophomore. Patients with the condition have abnormally shaped bones that don't fit together perfectly and cause the hip bones to rub against each other and damage the joint. He initially enrolled at the Air Force Academy, where he made 11 appearances during two seasons before transferring to Ohio State. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

2017-18 stats: Hummer redshirted for the season.

Career stats: 40 minutes played, eight points scored, four assists, two rebounds.

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Need to know: As a freshman at Air Force, Hummer was in uniform when the Falcons came to Value City Arena for Ohio State’s eighth game of the season and made his collegiate debut when coach Dave Pilipovich inserted him late in the game. He hit a pair of free throws with 3:01 to play to mark his first career college points. “Danny's the mayor of Columbus,” Pilipovich said afterward. "He had a lot of family and friends here to see him play. He's a youngster that's growing in our program, and he's going to be a fine one for us.” Hummer scored his other six points at Colorado State later that season.

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2017-18 recap: On a team short on bodies when Chris Holtmann took over, Hummer helped provide practice depth while working on the scout team.

2018-19 outlook: With four scholarship guards on the roster and another sitting out the season after transferring in, Hummer is ticketed for a spot at the end of the team bench when a paying crowd is on hand for a game. However, he remains a vital part of the practice rotation and has helped fill important moments when various players have missed days for preseason injuries.


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