University of Kentucky forward Isaac Humphries, who was not among the 60 players chosen in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, will play for the Washington Wizards in next month’s summer leagues, Fox Sports Australia’s Olgun Uluc reported.
Humphries took part in numerous pre-draft workouts, including the Wizards, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks.
The Australian averaged 2.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 8.3 minutes per game as a sophomore. He shot 51.1 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the free-throw line.
“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,” UK Coach John Calipari said when the school announced Humphries was declaring for the draft. “I absolutely understand and fully support his decision and I will do whatever I can to help his dreams come true. You’re talking about a 7-footer who can shoot and can rebound. 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.”
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“I’m almost certain I will be on someone’s summer league team, but I don’t know where. I don’t know if I will be drafted,” Humphries told the Brisbane Times ahead of the draft. “That uncertainty is hard to deal with sometimes, but it’s not a bad thing, you just have to deal with it.”
Humphries credited Kentucky and Coach Cal for preparing him for the next step in his career.
“A lot of people didn’t and still don’t understand why I went there, but the pressures and things we are faced with in Kentucky are things I don’t think I would have got anywhere else,” Humphries told the Brisbane Times. “It prepares you so well for the next level, all these NBA things I’ve done in the last few months and being in front of scouts everyday, that hasn’t phased me at all because I’ve had two years of it at Kentucky. Whenever I was called on to play I had to be ready and I feel like I handled that well, but now I have moved on and I want to explore a more major role wherever I end up going.”