Kentucky is expected to add another late piece to its Class of 2015 as Australian center Isaac Humphries is expected to commit during an official visit this weekend, sources told NBCSports.com. The 6-foot-10 Humphries, who came to the United States in December to play at La Lumiere School in Indiana, will likely reclassify from the Class of 2016, where he was regarded as the No. 35 overall prospect in the Rivals 150.
His visit to campus coincided with Canadian point guard prospect and Kentucky commit Jamal Murray, and sources said that was planned to help sell Humphries on an early enrollment.
A big and strong center with good hands and soft touch around the basket, Humphries isn’t afraid to play with physicality down low. Humphries played with Australia during the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships and was an All-Tournament selection while helping lead his country to a silver medal. Playing in seven games at the event in Dubai, Humphries averaged 18.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 1.6 assists per game while also shooting 57 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free-throw line. As a prospect, Humphries also has some upside going forward as he doesn’t turn 18 until January.
CBSSports.com earlier reported that Humphries is expected to enroll this year.
While Duke has overtaken Kentucky when it comes to elite recruiting classes the past few years, Wildcat head coach John Calipari deserves an immense amount of credit for still pulling in talented players each year to help fill out the roster. Kentucky’s roster is going international with this recruiting class as Humphries (Australia) joins Skal Labiessiere (Haiti) and Jamal Murray (Canada). With New Zealand native Tai Wynyard also committed to Kentucky in the Class of 2016, that means that the program’s recruiting efforts have gone global in recent years and it speaks to the international reach of Kentucky’s brand.
One source with knowledge of Humphries’ recruitment told NBCSports.com that when the Australian first started researching American college basketball programs he watched the Kentucky All-Access show. Instantly intrigued by what Kentucky had to offer, it’s no surprise that Calipari was able to reel in another talented recruit.
It’s also an example of why Calipari does the things he does on the recruiting trail. The combine, the all-access show, the national TV and radio interviews every month of the year. That builds Kentucky’s brand and it keeps him visible, and obviously the reach now goes beyond our borders.
Joining Humphries, Labissiere and Murray in Kentucky’s Class of 2015 is five-star point guard Isaiah Briscoe, four-star guard Charles Matthews and junior college wing Mychal Mulder.
Here is some footage of Humphries from this past season at La Lumiere.