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Humphries proved himself last night


While the talk of Saturday’s game against Florida may center around Tyler Ulis’ impressive performance – earning his third double-double of the year, and Jamal Murray scoring a career-high 35 points, let’s take a minute to appreciate the “almost” forgotten 7-foot freshmen from Australia, Isaac Humphries.

Remember him? Before Saturday’s win over the Florida Gators, the 7-footer had only grabbed a few minutes here and there in six games before stepping in for an injured Alex Poythress last night.

Understandably, the 18-year-old was a bit nervous before taking the court against the Gators yesterday.

“I was talking to Jonny (David) just before the game and I said, ‘Bro, I’m really nervous.'” Humphries said. “‘Like, I don’t know. I know I’m going to play today. I haven’t been nervous for a while.’ And he just said, ‘Turn it into motivation.'”

Apparently, Humphries has been working hard to prove his worth to Coach Calipari and Co., and got a little help in the matter from his mom.

“I think my mom just noticed the mental, how it was affecting me mentally,” Humphries said. “I mean, it wasn’t that bad, but Mom’s being mom. She knows when something is a little wrong. She really drilled me and said, ‘Snap out of it, you’ll be fine. You’re young. When you get your chance, go for it.'”

Coach Cal was also pleased with Humphries’ performance Saturday saying the freshman, “earned his space.




Article written by Ricki Barker

Writer of things. Watcher of sports. Wearer of blue. Sometimes all at once.

6 Comments for Humphries proved himself last night

  1. BobNWeaver
    1:29 pm February 7, 2016 Permalink

    (singing) “Hello. It’s me. (pause) Hello from the outside! At least I can say I tried!”

    Not only tried, but delivered! Well done Aussie! Well done!!

  2. Wildcat Sheli
    1:48 pm February 7, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve wondered why he hasn’t played more, in light of how he played against Duke. He’s a valuable player! Go ‘Cats!

    • TonyMontana
      2:01 pm February 7, 2016 Permalink

      I’ve been saying the same for weeks. Why doesnt he put in Isaac? A big body would do us some real good. Remember the draft combine, all the scouts were saying he was actually one of the most impressive? And what about Tai? I remember one game he was getting ready to check in….but we’ve never seen him. I’m not saying start him, but throw him in at garbage time and lets see what he’s about.

  3. 2thepoint
    2:42 pm February 7, 2016 Permalink

    Tai came very much out of shape and most likely not close to knowing defense sufficient enough to get in the game. Isaac didn’t have a clue either, but is learning and he was out of shape as well. As for Isaac not getting in he was terrible his last outing a few games back. He has not arrived, but he showed he is learning both offense and defense so great for him. Cal very much needs for Skal and Isaac to improve a lot for a run in the tourney.

  4. bosshogg24
    4:34 pm February 7, 2016 Permalink

    Humphries needs to start, he can do more for this team than any of the bigs. Look what he did in 15 minutes last night. The coaching staff has pretty much wasted his year by not giving him minutes, the other big’s are division 2 type players.