Isaac Humphries turning pro, will sign with an agent

04/12/2017 10:33 AM

Sophomore forward Isaac Humphries has decided to turn pro and sign with an agent, effectively ending his career at Kentucky.

Humphries will pursue options in the NBA and overseas. Humphries becomes the fifth player this offseason to turn pro, joining De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo and Isaiah Briscoe.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the Big Blue Nation for its unwavering support,” Humphries said. “Coming from Australia, I had no idea what to expect when I got to Kentucky, but you made me one of your own. Your support and passion over the last two years has been unbelievable. I can’t thank you enough for making me feel at home.”

Coach John Calipari added, “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. 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.”

Humphries averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game this past season. He will be remembered for his 12 point, five rebound performance against UNC in the Elite Eight.

TJ Beisner and Bradley McKee discuss Humphries’ decision:

Clayton Abernathy

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