Australian center Isaac Humphries picks Kentucky, enrolls for 2015
08/20/2015 05:51 PM
LEXINGTON — It’s official: Australian star Isaac Humphries has signed with the University of Kentucky basketball team and will reclassify to play for the Wildcats this season.
Scout.com’s Evan Daniel’s broke the news on Thursday morning:
The 7-foot center was originally a member of the 2016 recruiting class but has reclassified to 2015 to join Kentucky this fall.
Scout.com ranks Humphries as a four-star prospect and the No. 50 best player in the Class of 2015, adding another skilled frontcourt talent to the Wildcats’ roster.
Humphries spent last season at a prep school in La Porte, Indiana, and shined at the FIBA U17 World Championships by leading the Australia team in both points (18.9) and rebounds (11.6) before falling to Team USA in the championship game.
Kentucky’s 2015 class is currently No. 2 in the nation behind only Duke, but the addition of Humphries could be enough for UK to claim the top spot once again for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.
“It certainly would depend on where Isaac Humphries would fall in the 2015 rankings,” Evan Daniels, Scout.com’s director of basketball recruiting, told KSTV, “but I do think it would give [Kentucky] a pretty good chance to pass Duke.”
Humphries joins No. 1 overall player Skal Labissiere, No. 12 Jamal Murray, No. 13 Isaiah Briscoe, No. 78 Charles Matthews, and 4-star junior college transfer Mychal Mulder as UK’s other 2015 commitments.
***UPDATE: Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced Thursday afternoon that the Cats have added Humphries for this season and compared him to former UK big man Josh Harrellson:
“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,” Calipari said. “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.”