Isaac Humphries’ has found a home, his old home, for the beginning of his professional basketball career.
The former Kentucky big man has returned to his native Sydney, Australia to play for the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League. It’s a one-year deal, worth an undisclosed amount, but it was enough for Humphries to pass up his NBA hopes and move back to be around his friends and family.
Humphries received offers from teams in the Adriatic League, Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s BBL, and the Greek Basket League, among others, but ultimately decided on the Kings; an organisation that had been openly recruiting him for the better part of seven months.
“Isaac was presented with a number of options over the last few months,” Humphries’ agent, Daniel Moldovan, told foxsports.com.au. “From the (NBA) G League, to Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, and Serbia, but after evaluating all options, the situation in Sydney ticked all the boxes.
“The opportunity to play alongside three Boomers in Brad Newley, Kevin Lisch, and Jason Cadee, as well as be coached by Andrew Gaze seemed like the perfect first stop for him.
Humphries went undrafted this summer after his two-and-done run in Lexington, but signed with the Washington Wizards for the summer. He was then cut only a day before he was set to play his first summer league game in Las Vegas, which was enough for him to pack his bags and move home to pursue other options.
Many fans criticized Humphries for leaving Kentucky after only two seasons of eight minutes per game, but some behind the scenes have said this is exactly what Humphries wanted and expected this summer: a return to Australia to make a living playing basketball.
Good luck to him.
(And damn you, Luke Maye — you stole his NCAA tournament shine.)