It’s been almost a week, but today, Isaac Humphries spoke out for the first time about the technical foul he received for spiking the ball at the end of the Texas A&M game. Humphries said he had no idea he’d get an automatic technical for the gesture because that’s not the rule in Australia.
“I didn’t know I couldn’t do that because it’s not an automatic tech foul if you throw the ball in Australia. If you’re swearing and all that stuff and throw it, yeah, it’s a tech foul. I don’t know. I didn’t know that was a rule.”
Well, actually, it’s not a rule. As we learned earlier this week, spiking the ball is NOT listed in the rule book as an unsportsmanlike conduct offense, and anyone who watched the play knew Isaac only threw the ball down because he was so happy about getting a crucial rebound.
“I was just so excited. I was so pumped up. Tyler came over and was so happy too. I don’t know, honestly, I don’t know why I did it. I was just so happy. It was just the first thing I thought of.”
Regardless, Isaac said he was overwhelmed by the support he’s received from his teammates and coaches this week.
“The support from the guys and the coaches was awesome. I did feel terrible so their support made me feel better,” Isaac said.
Also awesome? Isaiah Briscoe’s ball spike in the pregame dance circle, which Isaac said Isaiah’s actually been doing all season.
“Zay, he would do something like that,” Isaac laughed. “He does it before every game, but that one was too soon.”