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ESPN names Isaac Humphries as one of the best reserves in college basketball

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Isaac Humphries is returning for his sophomore season with some hype surrounding coming off the bench.

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It’s no surprise at this point when a player from this season’s basketball team gets national recognition, and Isaac Humphries is the latest to be put in the spotlight.

ESPN named Humphries as a player that they expect to be one of the coming off the bench in the nation this season. He’ll be featured in a rotation with several other big men, including Bam Adebayo, Derek Willis, Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones. Despite all those players, Humphries will certainly still get his time on the floor and make an impact.

Here’s what ESPN had to say about him.

The 7-footer from Australia added muscle to his frame and battled Karl-Anthony Towns in pickup games during the offseason. He’s more confident now. “He’s better,” John Calipari said. Kentucky’s rotation features quality big men Bam Adebayo, Derek Willis, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Humphries. All will contribute to the plight of a Kentucky squad that could win the SEC championship and reach Calipari’s fifth Final Four at the school.

There’s no doubt that playing some games against Rookie of the Year Towns had to have had a positive effect on him, whether in strength, confidence or just overall ability. But the best part is that Humphries has added muscle. With added strength he’ll be better at battling down low as a 7-footer, and will be able to make a more significant impact this year on a star-studded Cats team.