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NBA Draft profile: Get to know Kentucky’s Isaac Humphries

Kentucky’s Isaac Humphries scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in a season-ending loss to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky’s Isaac Humphries scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in a season-ending loss to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.

All about Isaac Humphries

College: Kentucky

Position: Forward

Measureables (at UK): 7’0¼” in shoes; 260 pounds; 7’0” wingspan; 8’11” standing reach; 24.5” no-step vertical; 30.5” maximum vertical

Hometown: Sydney, Australia (La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Ind.)

UK statistics: Averaged 2.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 8.3 minutes per game as a sophomore. Shot 51.1 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Honors and superlatives: SEC Academic Honor Roll member as a freshman and sophomore … Played the game of his UK career in the NCAA Tournament against eventual national champion North Carolina, scoring a career-high 12 points to go along with five rebounds in a season-high 21 minutes.

Before Kentucky: Born Jan. 5, 1998, in Sydney, Australia ... Originally a member of the 2016 class before reclassifying to 2015. ... As a member of the 2016 class, he was rated a top-50 prospect by most major recruiting services. ... Humphries was a vital piece of the Australian U17 National Team that won the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. He led that squad in scoring (18.9 points), rebounding (11.6), blocked shots (3.3) and field-goal percentage (.576). ... Was ranked as high as No. 34 in the Rivals 2016 rankings before reclassifying to 2015.

Humphries on Twitter: @IsaacHumphries7

NBA Draft rankings

While Humphries is not projected to be among the 60 players drafted, here is where he ranks on NBA analysts’ overall lists:

DraftExpress (June 14): 90th

ESPN’s Chad Ford: 79th

NBADraft.net (June 20): 75th

Draft analysts on Humphries

DraftExpress: “His best case to carve out a role looks to be to trim down his frame and try to improve his explosiveness while increasing his ability to move laterally in space to be able to play away from the rim. … While Humphries didn’t display a high level of athleticism the past two seasons, he was able to hold his own at times while playing for the Australian national team in the past, and he has a solid motor, working hard to making an impact in his limited minutes. … He made his biggest impact (at UK) as a rebounder, pulling down 13.5 rebounds per 40 minutes, 6.5 of which were on the offensive side. … Humphries will certainly have opportunities at a two-way contract or D-League affiliate spot should that interest him. If not, being an Australian citizen will give him an excellent chance at finding a lucrative contract back home to expand his game in hopes of working his way back to the States one day.”

Coach Cal on Humphries

“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. 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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