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Isaac Humphries made the All-NCAA South Region Team

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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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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46 Comments for Isaac Humphries made the All-NCAA South Region Team



  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    12:33 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    And a lot of KSR commenters were ready to send him out the door too.



  2. GroundControlToNumber9
    12:42 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    WatchutalkinboutWillis – Humphries issues in the past were never on offense.

    They were on the defensive end.

    When you’re inserted in the game you have to being playing at the level that’s on the court… not ramp up to it.

    Thankfully we have him on our team and he took advantage of a unique situation (both with the matchup and the fouls).

    His prospects look great for next season and this game will play a large role in his confidence going forward.



  3. bharlan24
    12:55 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    To Issac, Isaiah, Wenyen and to this years freshmen, I hope you stay. If you do, you would have an opportunity to lead next years team.



  4. leon singleton
    1:04 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    Humphries needs to go pro were he can get some good coaching. Look how good the other players have become when they get away from Cal.



    • secrick
      1:08 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      You young lady are an idiot.



    • runningunnin.454
      1:15 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Cal gets them ready for the next level….they don’t get an MBA, they get an NBA degree. Look at the guys we have in the league, and they all say Cal prepared them for that success…you think they’re liars?
      The NCAA doesn’t like us because we prepare kids to earn more in a year than the MBA’s and PhD’s from other schools earn in three lifetimes.



    • notmattjones
      1:15 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      The common theme with every big man since Cal took the helm, Kenny Payne. The NBA CATS get better at other aspects of the game out of necessity (i.e. Boogie Cousins going 10-18 3pt the past two games) and the college game isn’t as ‘positionless’ as the NBA. In fact, Cal deserves a significant amount of credit of the ‘positionless’ game the NBA has become.

      In other words, shut up.



    • catsarerunnin
      2:28 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Yes lets fire Cal and let Leon find a better coach. Somebody who wins every game and wins a title every year. Dig up Wooden or hire Geno from UConn. Good luck with either.



  5. Poppschmidty
    1:05 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    WTG kid!



  6. LongRoad2017
    1:09 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    I have friends who say Cal can’t coach white guys…..I’m not sold on that. He did good with Jorts.



    • keiths
      1:30 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      You have some racist, dumb ass friends. Get some new ones



    • LongRoad2017
      1:37 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      No, they’re not actually. Both have Master’s Degrees in extremely challenging fields. Denying the obvious to call someone a trendy boo-boo word like racist is lazy intellectually on your part. It’s a valid argument that has evidence. If not, them wrong.



    • runningunnin.454
      1:41 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Do you have to lead them around because they’re stupid enough to walk out into oncoming traffic?
      And they are racist….unbelievable.



    • LongRoad2017
      1:59 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Can you mount a retort with out resorting to keyboard warrior babble? Cal has only had one good white guy…and he didn’t recruit him. Virtue signal with pride on how pointing out the obvious is somehow



    • LongRoad2017
      2:00 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      racist? Eventually the words we speak and the words we type don’t add up to what we see with our eyes. It’s ok to have your head in the sand, just don’t pretend like it’s not.



    • runningunnin.454
      2:28 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      You all watch out for that oncoming traffic now, ya hear?



    • catsarerunnin
      2:29 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      LongRoad isn’t racist. Just stupid.



    • Rixter
      2:29 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      I wish somebody, anybody on this board understood what the word ‘racism. means. Just because you use the word ‘white’ or ‘black’ in a sentence, referring to someone’s skin color, that DOES NOT make you a racist.
      dictionary.com: racist – A person who believes in racism (a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others)



    • J-Dub421
      2:46 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Jorts, Wiltjer, Polson, Willis, Humphries. Cal does fine with white guys.



    • runningunnin.454
      2:51 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Sure thing, Mr. Webster…now tell us the definition of “stupid”.



  7. za
    1:12 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    Isaac will continue to get lighter on his feet and should be a big contributor next year.



  8. Blue Jesus
    1:37 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    Just occurred to me that the streak of wins when Humphries scores at least one basket came to an abrupt end last night, and in dramatic fashion… maybe there’s a sweet spot, like we’re guaranteed a win if he scores between 2 and 6 points or something.



  9. LongRoad2017
    1:42 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    List of white guys Cal has done well with:

    Jorts.

    ****crickets****



    • Rixter
      2:31 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Where’s the list of white scholarship players he has failed with? (Hood and Krebs weren’t his recruits, and were very limited by talent-level)



    • catsarerunnin
      2:32 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      No crickets are usually black. Nice try though. Try again Einstein.



    • chrisg18
      2:42 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      This is such a dumb argument. It’s not about being white. It’s about athleticism. Cal recruits the best athletes because that’s the kind of player he likes, and those players are typically not white. How many white players has he even brought in to the program? Maybe 4?

      But other than Jorts, how about Derek Willis, Jarrod Polson, and Kyle Wiltjier? People may argue Wiltjier but he was instrumental on a national championship team and had a pretty good sophomore year. We just needed him to do a lot more than what he was capable of on that team.



    • J-Dub421
      2:48 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Jorts, Wiltjer, Polson, Willis, Humphries.



  10. Kray502
    1:47 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    Who cares? We lost….



  11. bharlan24
    2:32 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    Cal is the man for the job but, there is always a but,. But , in 2014 if he had played Ulis we would have rung up number 9. But, in 2015 We he went 38 and 1, should have been 40 and 0. But, in 2016 we lost to Indiana. But in 2017 he got screwed by the NCAA.

    Now, if he will not run everybody off he could have a great year 2018. Humphries, Briscoe, Gabriel and the remaining freshman we could make another run for number 9.That’s my story and I’m sticking too it.



    • catsarerunnin
      2:37 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Genius



    • J-Dub421
      2:54 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      For the last time stats from Wisconsin game in 2015:

      Booker: 6 points 1 rebound in 19 minutes of play, and got abused on defense.
      Ulis: 6 points, 1 assist, 2 steals in 17 minutes.
      Aaron Harrison: 12 points, 3 rebounds in 27 minutes.
      Andrew Harrison: 13 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block in 31 minutes.

      Booker and Ulis being in at the end would not have won that game. Neither of them played very well, and Booker didn’t even attempt a three. Your perception of what happened in that game and what actually happened are two very different things.

      Cal does not run players off. He simply is not a selfish jerk like Pitino who convinces them to stay when it’s not in their best interests, but would help him as a coach.



    • TBW3011
      5:07 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Agreed. Who Cal played wasn’t the issue that game. The issue was making zero adjustments, which led to certain players getting abused defensively. It wasn’t Booker’s fault he couldn’t guard Sam Decker. That was on Cal for continuing to switch everything and allowing Wisconsin to choose their matchups.



    • AGSlater
      7:25 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      J dub worships cal



    • catsarerunnin
      2:59 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Quit trying J-Dub. The trolls and haters are out today. Stats and intelligence are out the window.



    • syrin23
      3:58 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      J Dub is forgetting the twins got those numbers on horrible shooting and is forgetting the three straight shot cock violations down the stretch that squarely fall on the twins. He’s also forgetting that Cal said he probably should have played the guards on his bench more in that game, but what does he know.



    • TBW3011
      5:09 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      Those were not on the twins. Those were on the coach for not making an adjustment. He told them to feed Towns in the post. Problem is he stuck WCS on the same side of the court as KAT and when we tried to feed the post the guy guarding WCS just left him and helped to deny a pass to Towns. It happened 3 consecutive trips and we never adjusted to it.



    • J-Dub421
      4:03 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      The Harrisons won more games for us than they lost. They were very clutch at UK. They were trying to get it in to Towns, he was well defended. Wisconsin only had three losses that season and had two lottery picks. Stop acting like we lost to some crap team.

      Syrin is forgetting the horrible shot clock violation that wasn’t called on Wisconsin with two and a half minute to go and that Wisconsin shot 22 free throws to UK’s 10.



    • catsarerunnin
      4:19 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

      syrin and others like him could never be satisfied. It’s title every year or bust.



  12. runningunnin.454
    4:31 pm March 27, 2017 Permalink

    Never ever want a shot cock violation. Never.