Isaac Humphries to Kentucky: Wildcats Land 4-Star Center Prospect

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 20, 2015

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Isaac Humphries is bringing his massive size and basketball skills to Kentucky. 

According to ESPN's Jeff Borzello, he gave the Wildcats his commitment. 

Per 247 Sports, Humphries is a 4-star recruit and the No. 4 center in the 2016 class. He's listed at 7'0" and 245 pounds but is still new to basketball in this country.  

Kentucky head coach John Calipari said Humphries impressed him early on, according to Eric Lindsey of UKAthletics.com:

I watched Isaac when he first came over to the United States in high school in Indiana and was impressed with his skill and size. He reminded me of a much bigger Josh Harrellson. He’s very skilled, has great hands and is a great passer. To have a 7-footer who just turned 17, he has a lot still in front of him, and the best part is he wants the challenge of playing at Kentucky.

According to Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader, Humphries moved to the United States from Australia in December 2014. His head coach at La Lumiere in Indiana, Brad Johnstin, noted the then-16-year-old was getting used to the speed of guards.

"There's better guard play here," Johnstin said. "It's more aggressive. He'll get used to the speed, and he'll be fine. It's everyone getting used to having him here and not settling so much. Everyone is on the same page about that."

Yet even with his lack of experience against American competition, scouts were raving about Humphries' potential. Here's what Scout.com's Evan Daniels told Roberts about the big man:

You can see the tools. He's not a guy who's going to wow you from an athletic standpoint. But he's tough, he's hard-nosed, he rebounds his area, he's got very good hands and very good touch. He can also face up and make a jump shot, and he's a guy who has a lot of potential as a post scorer.

That ability to score in the post is huge in college basketball because it's rare to find. Look at the impact Jahlil Okafor had for Duke last season or how valuable Mitch McGary was for Michigan during its run to the title game in 2013. 

Humphries still has plenty of development ahead of him, but when the raw ingredients are in place, the right college coach has the ability to piece them all together. 


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