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More chatter of Humphries possibly turning pro


De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe, Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder are all long gone. Bam Adebayo likely is, too. Will Isaac Humphries join the list?

According to Evan Daniels, Humphries is seriously pursuing professional options for his next year of basketball, per Daniels’ many sources in the know.

Daniels sent a tweet saying exactly that Thursday afternoon:

The NBA is the obvious goal for Humphries, but don’t count out opportunities back in Australia. There has been some online rumors over the last week or so that returning to his homeland could be an option if landing a spot in the Association isn’t in play. With the right offer, he may be willing to hang up his University of Kentucky attire for a return home.

Of course, a return to Kentucky for a junior season is still in play, but he is weighing his options at the moment.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

41 Comments for More chatter of Humphries possibly turning pro

  1. KYcats11
    3:22 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink


  2. KTR2786
    3:22 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Damn, I really like Humphries and I think he could become a very solid player at UK. It’s a shame we didn’t win that UNC game, he would’ve become legend.

  3. T-wah
    3:44 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Seriously??? Humphries really thinks he will get drafted or signed as a free agent in the NBA??? I know he’s a 7 footer and those are a commodity, but he can barely get playing time against mediocre college teams. He’s slow, has a weak upper body, and clumsy footwork. He can, however, knock down the occasional 2-15 foot jump shot. He needs more time to develop.

    • CatsfaninFL
      3:51 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

      “There has been some online rumors over the last week or so that returning to his homeland could be an option if landing a spot in the Association isn’t in play.”

      Sounds like he may just be a lil homesick and wanting to swing for fences or just go home and play pro ball there…

  4. Trinity45
    3:51 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    You guys said the same thing about Skal last year as well, just pointing that out.

  5. secrick
    3:59 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    He’s a goner.

  6. Sentient Third Eye
    4:00 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Remember that a kid of his caliber could make seven figures in Australia, plus the obvious endorsement opportunities given that’s also his home. So he could possibly make money equivalent to a low first-round draft pick.

  7. GroundControlToNumber9
    4:05 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Truth: Way too much piano in his life to be an effective banger in the paint.

  8. za
    4:05 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    I selfishly hope he stays. He could have 1 or 2 really good years at UK. I wish basketball worked more like baseball in terms of college/amateurism.

  9. Booby Petrino
    4:07 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    so far the comments are nicer to him than the ones to Briscoe…interesting…

    • JusSayin
      4:15 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

      We are deep in the front court… thin in the back-court. People don’t feel as slighted.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      8:06 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

      Trying to make a racial argument where there isn’t one, I’m sure there’s a protest somewhere you should be attending.

    • dballrb
      1:05 am April 7, 2017 Permalink


  10. jrdh13
    4:13 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Possibly getting pushed out to make sure we have room for bam and bamba

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      4:33 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

      I doubt he’s getting pushed out. He seems to want opportunities and then becomes a huge liability when we put him on the court (defense & rebounds).

      Every SEC game this season he was a step slow on defense every play. That’s why he gets yanked.

      Then he probably doesn’t accept the reason he was yanked and thinks the coaches just prefer the other players.

      He has potential and would really get serious minutes as long as he isn’t a liability on defense.

  11. az1006
    4:15 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    In Australia, the team rosters are limited to 11 players, and there’s a salary cap of about $1.22 million. So, assuming each player makes the same amount (not realistic, but just for the sake of argument), he could make 6 figures in Australia. Realistically, he faces far more pressure and criticism playing for Kentucky than he would as a professional in his home country. Even if he didn’t make 6 figures, he could make a really good salary for a 20 year old kid.

    He likely isn’t an NBA player, but he most certainly can and will play professionally somewhere. We could use the depth, but if he leaves I’ll wish him nothing but the best.

  12. JusSayin
    4:17 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Some players just want to make money. A lot of fans have trouble understanding this.

  13. RealCatsFan
    4:29 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Wondering if the speaks more strongly to our chances of getting Bamba than it does his professional basketball aspirations. I sure hope so, because if we lose Bam AND Humphries and do not get Bamba, we are going to be BIG TIME thin under the basket. It will be a lot like 2016, when we had a big donut hole at the five. Maybe Sacha will make huge strides in the off season.

  14. Blue Jesus
    4:32 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    The heart wants what the heart wants, and I wish him the best whatever he decides. I will say, playing in Australia will be an option for him regardless of whether he leaves this year or after he graduates. Going to the NBA is *probably* not in the cards if he leaves now, but he has the potential to play his way into contention with another year or two.

  15. UKBlue1
    4:43 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    As young as he is leaving would be truly stupid. He presently is in no way good enough to make it in the NBA & the money can’t be that great trying to play in Australia. His defensive foot work is a mess, he’s slow & has no vertical; it’s like he’s jumping with cement shoes. Yea he may not get much playing time next year, but what he will learn in practice going up against some of the best is invaluable & something he won’t get if he leaves & he really won’t get in Australia. If he gets good enough he could go to Europe & make a lot more than playing in Australia. Then again if he wants to leave let him leave, it will just free up a scholarship that Cal can use to go after maybe a 3 – 4 year player. As the saying goes: KY Basketball doesn’t stop; if he leaves next man up.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      4:54 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

      Even in Australia, pro ballers average more than doctors, engineers or lawyers. Not bad for a twenty-year-old.

  16. Kevin C
    4:48 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    He’ll never sniff the NBA, but in a few years, he could be a starter on an international team. I say, if he doesn’t really want to be here, he should go.

  17. 8xchamp
    4:48 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Bye bye, we’re really gonna miss his 1 good game a year.

  18. Marcus Areolas
    4:55 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    I just want to put this out there, it’s ok to play 4 years at UK if you want. I mean, you’re still just 22 years old. It’s ok. It’s safe. You still have 15-18 years to make money playing a game, all good. All good. I mean if you are first round NBA, sure, leave, otherwise come on back!

    • DT in DC
      5:21 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you! I was just telling someone today that I feel like too many players at UK consider themselves failures if they’re not out in one or the most 2 years. While I’ll never say anything bad about a kid who will be promised millions immediately and leaves early, you can stay more than one and two years and still get drafted and improve your draft position.

    • Hereforbeer
      7:35 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

      Well said my man!

  19. TonyMontana
    5:11 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    So basically next year we are just starting from scratch.

  20. 2Dogs
    5:16 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Watched a special on Chris Herren the other night, the ex-Fresno State b-ball player who struggled with drug addiction. He said he was making $50,000/month playing pro ball in Europe. That’s some pretty good cheese.

  21. WaterVerve14
    5:42 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Everyone is all worried. I have high hopes for Tai Wynyard. I think he is gonna be a star for us soon. Obviously would love to see Bam and Bamba and have Tai and SKJ are front court reserves but I think SKJ and Tai surprise us all

    • T-wah
      6:02 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

      I hope you’re right. Both of those guys need to completely immerse themselves in basketball between now and October. We are really going to need some positive contributions from them, next year. If SKJ does stay, next year will likely be a make or break year for him at Kentucky. Either he’ll play up to his potential or he’ll get buried even farther down on the bench. Of course, playing less than 0 minutes is mathematically impossible.

  22. CatBlue in LR
    6:43 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    This is a message for Isaac:


    If y’all see him, tell him for me.

  23. SoCalCat
    7:17 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    I’m sure he is tired of Cal dogging him, but if he is really serious about playing in the NBA he should stay. He needs a lot of work as people have commented on.

  24. Hereforbeer
    7:33 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink


  25. runningunnin.454
    8:11 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    That’s just insane. Josh Harrelson was twice the player that Humphries is right now, and look how Jorts has struggled in the NBA..he’s currently in Japan.
    In a couple of years, Humphries could refine his offense and improve his footwork, and maybe become stronger with the ball; but now…no. The game is way too fast for him.

  26. GroundControlToNumber9
    8:33 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    I wonder if he’ll slam the ball when he walks out?

  27. BobNWeaver
    8:47 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    I hope he stays. He is younger than a typical sophomore, closer to a freshman in age. He has made great progress in his time at UK, and he will be a good pro in a few months or a few years.

    Regardless, BBN will back you up, Isaac 🙂

  28. Lip Man 1
    10:38 pm April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Sometimes all you can do is shake your head and wonder about who some of these kids are listening to.

    It’s their decision, for better or worse…they’ll have to live with the consequences of said decision.

  29. dballrb
    1:10 am April 7, 2017 Permalink

    Isn’t Hump just like 18?

  30. dballrb
    1:12 am April 7, 2017 Permalink

    Hell,with all the news,I forgot Tai was on the roster. …