Each Friday, College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips goes over some important news and notes in the world of college basketball recruiting. This week, the 2016 class is the main focus as big man Isaac Humphries is coming to America, a big man lands a North Carolina offer, and a Canadian guard is playing well.
Issac Humphries lands in America
Australian center Isaac Humphries made a splash at the U17 World Championships in Dubai this summer and he’s coming to the United States. A source told NBCSports.com that Humphries will arrive in the United States today to debut with La Lumiere on Dec. 21 at the City of Palms Classic.
The 7-foot Class of 2016 center should make a major impact for La Lumiere and is also attracting a lot of college attention. Arizona, California, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oregon and UCLA have all been involved in recruiting Humphries the source told NBCSports.com and Rivals as Humphries as the No. 26 overall player in the 2016 class.
Playing against American competition for the first time, we’ll have to see how Humphries fares and develops. He seems to welcome physical contact and is naturally big with active feet and hands, so his skill level should translate once he adapts to the speed of the American game. It will also factor in the type of competition he sees and how much he gets the ball and in what spots. His teammates will have to get comfortable with him as well.
But Humphries is one of the most exciting foreign big men to enter the high school basketball scene in some time and unlike Steven Adams, who was committed to Pitt when he went to Notre Dame Prep from New Zealand, Humphries has all of the nation’s elite college programs interested. This will be fun to track.
North Carolina gets involved with 2016 center
Whenever Roy Williams gets involved in a recruitment, you know things are getting serious. The North Carolina head coach watched a game of 2016 Florida center Tony Bradley with an assistant coach on Monday and called him later in the week and offered Bradley a scholarship, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
Bradley is a 6-foot-10 center with scholarship offers from over 30 schools, according to Daniels’ story, but one from North Carolina always stands out and they’ll likely be major contenders along with Florida schools and Kansas. Other schools will certainly be involved as well, and Bradley is leaning towards deciding next fall or later.
Rivals rates Bradley as a four-star center and the No. 42 player in the 2016 class. Bradley broke out with a strong July live evaluation period and played well in Chicago the first week at adidas Unrivaled camp.
Jamal Murray is off to a big start
As a five-star guard and elite Class of 2016 prospect, Canadian guard Jamal Murray has a lot of expectations for the season. The 6-foot-3 guard went for 31 points in an Orangeville Prep win over Malik Newman and Jackson Callaway.
The No. 19 prospect in the 2016 class, according to Rivals, Murray is hitting tough pull-up jumpers and getting a lot of complicated baskets this high school season and looks like every bit of a five-star prospect. Murray mentioned to Rivals‘ Eric Bossi that Illinois, Louisville, Michigan and Michigan State have been involved, as well as many other schools.
He’ll be among a great crop of elite guards in 2016 to monitor in their junior seasons and one of the more intriguing long-term prospects because of his size and length as a point guard.