The U.S. Men’s Team might have to go through a familiar face in order to win a gold medal.
According to a press release sent out by Basketball Australia, former Kentucky Wildcat and current member of the National Basketball League’s Adelaide 36ers, Isaac Humphries, has been named to the 24-man roster for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He’ll join an Australian National club ranked No. 3 in the world that is headlined by NBA veterans such as Ben Simmons, Joe Ingles, and Patty Mills.
BREAKING NEWS – Basketball Australia is excited to announce the Australian Men’s Basketball Olympic Squad and coaching appointments for @Tokyo2020.
— Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) February 2, 2021
Playing in the NBL, Humphries has been off to a fantastic start this season, averaging 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks through six games for the 36ers while shooting 65 percent from the field. Most recently, he dropped 27 points and nine rebounds on Jan. 29. Back in the 2017-18 season, Humphries was named the NBL’s Rookie of the Year playing for his hometown Sydney Kings. Since then, he’s bounced around the NBA and the G League before returning to the NBL after he signed a two-year deal with the 36ers over the summer.
Humphries and Australia are looking to win the country’s first-ever medal in men’s basketball and they have a squad capable of doing so. Other current NBA role players such as Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova, and Matisse Thybulle help make up the Boomers’ deep roster. The number of players will eventually be cut down to 12, however, and it could be tough for Humphries to squeeze his way into the final rotation. That announcement will come later in the year via the Australia Olympic Committee.
Either way, this is a huge accomplishment and an even bigger honor for the 23-year-old. Humphries is steadily improving his game and has even thrust himself into early MVP conversations in the NBL. If he can keep that up, a return to the states might be in the near future.
Could @IsaacHumphries7 become the first player in NBL history to win Rookie of the Year in his first NBL season and MVP in his second?
— The NBL (@NBL) February 2, 2021