Kentucky power forward Isaac Humphries announced on Wednesday he would turn pro, according to a press release shared by Adam Zagoria of the 4 Quarters podcast:
Humphries later posted a statement on his Twitter account:
Humphries spent two seasons with Kentucky, averaging 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per contest this past season.
He saved his best for last, scoring 12 points and pulling down five rebounds off the bench in Kentucky's memorable 75-73 loss to eventual national champions North Carolina in the Elite Eight. It was Humphries' career high in points scored.
Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News wasn't surprised by that performance, however:
"This was a difficult decision for Isaac but one that he and his mom put a lot of thought into," Kentucky coach John Calipari told Fletcher Page of the Courier-Journal. "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."
He continued: "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."
Still, Humphries is probably a long shot to be drafted. Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report didn't list him on his top-50 big board earlier in April, while neither DraftExpress nor ESPN Insider Chad Ford had him ranked in their top 100 prospects.
While an NBA team could fall in love with his upside, it seems more likely that Humphries will at least start his career playing overseas. That may afford him more playing time than he received at Kentucky, however, and bolster his resume in the hopes of eventually signing with an NBA team.
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