Had Kentucky won last night, Isaac Humphries would be a hero. Humphries came out of nowhere to score a career-high 12 points to give Kentucky a crucial boost in the second half vs. North Carolina. How surprising was Humphries’ breakout? He had eight total points over his last 12 games coming into this one. His performance was enough to earn him a spot on the All-NCAA South Region Team, alongside De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, and that kid who hit that shot (and was named the Regional Most Outstanding Player).
“We were all really obviously excited to play this game, so I was in the mindset of coming out and doing whatever I could to help my team,” Isaac said afterwards. “And I was given a great opportunity, and I just wanted to take advantage of it.”
“We know how good Isaac is,” Dominique Hawkins said. “In practice he shoots the lights out. We have a drill where we shoot for five minutes and he makes at least 80 shots. For him to step up in that moment, I’m proud of him, and I knew that he had it in him.”
“So proud of how these guys fought,” Calipari said. “So proud of Isaac. Can you imagine his first real opportunity to do this was in this game, and he performed? Amazing.”
It’s crazy to think that just two weeks ago, Isaac was questioning his future at Kentucky. Hopefully, last night showed him that just a little bit of confidence can go a long way.