Isaac Humphries has decided to leave Kentucky to play professional basketball, either in the NBA or in Australia.
In his sophomore season at Kentucky, Humphries averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 51% from the field.
He had his best night when the lights were brightest, scoring 12 points and grabbing five rebounds against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Elite Eight. That was almost certainly the game that led him to this decision. That was the game that gave Humphries a national name.
“First and foremost, I want to thank the Big Blue Nation for its unwavering support,” Humphries said, according to UK Athletics. “Coming from Australia, I had no idea what to expect when I got to Kentucky, but you made me one of your own. Your support and passion over the last two years has been unbelievable. I can’t thank you enough for making me feel at home.”
Humphries plans to sign with an agent, effectively ending his career at Kentucky.
“This decision didn’t come easily for me, Humphries said. “My goal has always been to play professionally. There is no better place to prepare you to take that step than the University of Kentucky. Over the last two years, thanks to Coach Cal and the coaching staff, I’ve gotten so much better and improved my game. I believe I have a lot more I can do, but I also believe that the time for me to take the next step is now.”
When averaging just 2.8 points and 2.8 boards, it’s hard to think there will be NBA interest. However, at 7’0”, 255 lbs, Humphries is sure to at least get a few phone calls. And Aussie basketball would surely welcome him with open arms.
“This was a difficult decision for Isaac but one that he and his mom put a lot of thought into,” John Calipari said. “Isaac has gotten so much better in his two seasons here and I believe he’s only begun to scratch the surface of his true potential. I absolutely understand and fully support his decision and I will do whatever I can to help his dreams come true.”
Calipari also recognizes how impactful Humphries’ size is.
“You’re talking about a 7-footer who can shoot and can rebound,” he said. “That has value anywhere in the world. He’s also just 19 years old, the youngest sophomore in the country this past season. Everyone forgets how young he is and how much he’s going to continue to grow and develop. He’s only going to get better and better. My belief is what you saw at the end of this season is just the beginning of his pro career.”
Humphries certainly has the body for professional basketball. If he can continue to develop his skills, he’ll be an impact big no matter where he ends up.