Isaac Humphries’ time as a Kentucky Wildcat has come to a close. After two years in a reserve big man role in which he averaged 8.6 minutes per game, Humphries has made the difficult decision to move on to the next phase of his life: playing basketball professionally.
Wherever that leads him — likely in his native Australia or somewhere else overseas — Humphries has played his last minute of basketball in Lexington. It was a two-year run with a couple of breakthrough performances and a lot of trying to find his groove off the bench, and we were all happy to watch his journey.
So tonight, as we say Hooroo! to our favorite Aussie, we revisit the great moments in Isaac Humphries history.
I-Zack or I-Zick?
I will forever remember Isaac Humphries as the player whose fairly common first name could not be pronounced correctly by fans and the media for most of his time in front of them. Is it I-Zack? I-Zick?
He finally settled the debate after over a year in Lexington, telling fans at the Big Blue Madness Campout that it’s okay to pronounce it however your accent wants to pronounce it:
Isaac or I-Zach?
— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) September 30, 2016
So if you’re from Kentucky, don’t force the I-Zack. There’s nothing worse than that, he said. “That’s further away than we were before.”
That time he serenaded Shannon Spake.
We heard a lot about Humphries’ musical talents soon after he landed on campus, and Shannon Spake had the pleasure of sitting down next to him at the piano for a live performance during this freshman year:
He does have a good voice, but this video made me question why there is a piano in the locker room and I still don’t have an answer.
Wildcat Carpool Karaoke.
Humphries’ vocals were on display once again in Kentucky basketball’s attempt at ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ the popular James Corden bit:
Anyone who can hang with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is a great singer.
Now for the lowest moment of Isaac Humphries’ short career: the time he spiked the ball and cost Kentucky a game at Texas A&M.
He played great on the road and made a huge play that should’ve sealed the victory in the closing minutes, but then his emotions got the best of him. He spiked the ball with excitement and earned a controversial technical foul call.
The call should not have been made, which is why Calipari’s postgame speech to his team was nothing more than, “We got cheated. Let’s go home.”
Still, Humphries felt guilty and was crushed by his mistake. Tyler Ulis said he couldn’t stop apologizing after the game.
Kentucky’s win streak when he scored
Up until the final game of the season, Kentucky was 24-0 when Isaac Humphries scored a point in 2016-17. It was like clockwork. Whenever Humphries got a bucket, the ball game was over.
I made a video to commemorate his game-winning shot in the Florida game with his team down 11 early with 12 minutes left in the first half:
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) February 25, 2017
It worked every time, until…
The UNC Game
Humphries’ best game of his career just so happened to be his last: a career-high 12-point game in the Elite Eight against North Carolina. It appeared he was on his way to earning a spot in Kentucky lore, but in the end he was robbed of being the hero who carried his team to the Final Four.
If the Cats could’ve prevailed in the end, Humphries goes down as a legend. We know what happened instead and it is still too fresh to type it out right now.
But we’ll never forget him knocking down those big shots.
All-NCAA South Region
Humphries’ surprise performance against UNC earned him surprise All-NCAA South Region. And it’s not crazy to think that game gave him the confidence he needed to go ahead and make the jump to pro basketball.
Good luck to him and thanks for the memories.