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Kentucky signs Australian big man Isaac Humphries for Class of 2015

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Isaac Humphries has reclassified to 2015 and signed with Kentucky, meaning that the 7-foot- Australian will be a member of the Wildcats for the 2015-16 season. reported that this would happen three weeks ago.

Humphries was a top 50 recruit in the Class of 2016 rankings, according to Rivals, and he’ll enter the collegiate ranks as one of the younger front court players in the country; he turns 18 in January. He’s not a typical Kentucky big man, meaning that he’s not as skilled as Skal Labissiere or as athletic as Willie Cauley-Stein.

But he’s big. He’s big-bodied and strong and he has a solid touch in the paint and around the rim. He’s not a game-changing recruit — at least not for this season, as he has to spend two years in college — but he’ll add depth to the front line, he’ll have a year to develop under Calipari in a reserve role and he’ll provide some insurance should Labissiere run into any trouble with the NCAA.

Humphries averaged 18.9 points, 11.6 boards and 3.3 blocks at the U17 World Championships last year. He joins Labissiere, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Charles Matthews and Mychal Mulder in Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class.

Source: Isaac Humphries expected to commit to Kentucky, enroll in 2015

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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 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. 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 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.



Kansas wing Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk named to FIBA All-Summer Youth Tournaments Team

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After a summer of events, which ended several weeks ago with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team capture gold at the World Cup in Spain, FIBA announced the All-Summer Youth Tournaments Team.

Kansas wing Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was named to the five-person team selected by David Hein. The 6-foot-8 Mykhailiuk averaged 16.0 points  4.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.1 assists per game in the U18 European Championship. Later in the summer, he was named to the Ukrainian National Team. The Jayhawks is set to appear in international play next summer, representing the United States in the World University Games.

Isaac Humphries, a four-star 2016 power forward, was also named to the All-Youth Tournaments Team. The 6-foot-10 Aussie averaged 18.9 points and 11.6 rebounds in the U17 World Championships in Dubai. Australia ended up reaching the gold medal game, though, Humphries was plagued with early foul trouble — then limited by the likes of Diamond Stone, Ivan Rabb and the rest of the U.S. front court — as USA Basketball held on for a 99-92 victory.

Malik Newman, the No. 3 overall recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, was named to the honorable mention list. Newman led the U.S. to the U17 World Championship. The 6-foot-3 lead guard led the U.S. in scoring at 14.9 points, adding 4.3 assists per game. Dillon Brooks, the leading scorer in the FIBA U18 Americans Championships, also was a near-miss. The 6-foot-5 wing was part of a Canadian team that lost to USA Basketball in the gold medal game. Less than two months later, Brooks committed to Oregon and enrolled in school for this season.

Cedi Osman (Turkey), Dragan Bender (Croatia) and Stefan Peno (Serbia) rounded out the All-Summer Youth Tournaments Team.

USA Basketball U17 team wins gold in the FIBA World Championships

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For the third time since its inception, the United States won the gold medal in the FIBA U17 World Championships.

USA Basketball pulled away from Australia in the second half en route to a 99-92 victory on Saturday afternoon in Dubai.

Malik Newman scored 16 of his team-high 21 points in the first half. The U.S. captain also grabbed 11 rebounds. Jayson Tatum added 15 points, followed by Josh Jackson and Harry Giles with 13 each. Ivan Rabb had a strong showing off the bench. Dejan Vasiljevic led all scorers with 29 points for Australia and Tom Wilson added 23.

Australia was USA Basketball’s toughest opponent from start to finish. The U.S. led by 14 in the fourth quarter, only to have Australia cut the deficit to single digits and make it a two-possession game on multiple occasions in the final three minutes. The game was extended for several minutes, as USA Basketball struggled to close the game out from the free throw line.

Australia had doubled up the U.S., 14-7, in the early goings, but had difficulty competing on the boards, as USA Basketball took a 57-30 advantage in that department.

An interesting matchup was how Isaac Humphries, a highly-touted recruit heading to La Lumiere (Indiana) this season, would fare against the likes on Diamond Stone, Rabb and the other U.S. big men. First half foul trouble saddled Humphries on the bench, as he ended with eight points and six rebounds in 27 minutes.

USA Basketball previously won the gold medal in this tournament in 2010 and 2012.

College Basketball Talk’s Recruiting Roundup: Isaac Humphries, ’15 Point Guards

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Each Monday and Friday, College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips goes over some important news and notes in the world of college basketball recruiting. Today, why high school basketball prospects form lists, the lack of point guards in the 2015 class and Australia 2016 big man Isaac Humphries.

Isaac Humphries hits the college basketball recruiting landscape

One of the best Class of 2016 prospects has yet to play regularly against American competition, but 6-foot-11 center Isaac Humphries is making some major waves this week at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Dubai.

A native of Australia, Humphries is coming to the United States this fall to play with prep basketball powerhouse La Lumiere in LaPorte, Indiana and after his 41-point, 19-rebound performance against Canada on Monday, Humphries has the look of a potential elite prospect.

La Lumiere assistant coach Brad Johnstin told that Arizona, Duke, Florida, Kansas, New Mexico, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt have all inquired about Humphries and he’s sure to garner even more attention once he comes to the United States.

Having just turned 16 in May of this year, Humphries is intriguing as a prospect going forward because he has sound fundamentals, good hands and feet and plays with physicality in the post to go along with his good size.

Why do high school basketball prospects form lists?

One of the questions I hear the most from college basketball fans that are unfamiliar with recruiting is why do high school basketball prospects form lists?

With the July live evaluation period in the books, now we’ll often see high school basketball prospects forming a list of schools they are still considering. Sometimes, these lists are reported by members of the media, and other times, kids decide to release a tweet with the logos of the schools they’re still considering.

I’ve heard kids being called selfish and misguided for forming lists, but they do serve a very important purpose.

While a list of 10-12 schools might seem a bit excessive, a high school basketball prospect forming a list of eight or so schools gives a clear message that he only wants to be recruited — and hear from — a certain number of schools.

You’ve seen how teenagers operate on their phones. Now imagine a hoard of overzealous college coaches constantly texting and checking in? Without a list to keep some coaches in check, that can probably be tiresome to deal with.

But a list also gives the schools recruiting a prospect an idea of where that player might stand in the process, since each player is only allowed five official visits.

Ultimately, some measure of attention-seeking can come from forming a list, but why shouldn’t a teenage athlete enjoy the recruiting process? It could be one of their few times to shine in the athletic spotlight.

The lack of Class of 2015 point guards

As I’ve mentioned a handful of times on CBT, there is a glaring lack of point guards in the 2015 class and we’re starting to see high-major programs make a major priority out of finding top-flight lead guards.

Since Rivals doesn’t do positional rankings, I looked at‘s point guard rankings and of the top 25 point guard prospects in the 2015 class, 11 are already committed.

Now, as we see top point guard prospects like Jalen Brunson, Juwan Evans and Glynn Watson setting official visits, college programs are quickly realizing that they need to make a move to secure a top point guard before its too late.

As we see some schools swing-and-miss for point guards this fall, it will be intriguing to see which point guards get a lot of college coaches in for open gyms this fall and high school basketball games during their senior seasons. We’ll likely see a trickle-down affect as high-major coaches begin to prioritize second- and third-tier prospects on their list, if they’re really looking for someone to take care of the ball.