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Read the latest DraftExpress scouting report on Isaac Humphries

Isaac Humphries
Isaac Humphries

The focus is certainly on De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo, and Isaiah Briscoe when it comes to the NBA Draft, but Isaac Humphries is still taking a stab at making it in the league.

Last week the former Kentucky big man worked out for the Denver Nuggets and the Milwaukee Bucks, and hopes to get looks from several other teams with late second round selections.

Here’s a video of him dunking in Carmelo Anthony’s No. 15 during his workout with the Nuggets:

DraftExpress released their scouting report on Humphries, with both positive and negative analysis of the former Kentucky big man.

Check out a few quotes:

Measured at 7’0 at the 2016 Kentucky team combine, Humphries has good height for a big man, to go along with a strong 260 pound frame, but his 7’0 wingspan and 8’11 standing reach are closer to those of a power forward than an NBA center ideally. His lack of length and reach hurts his ability to protect the rim from the center position and he does not make up for that with tremendous athleticism to compensate, often struggling with the quickness of more dynamic collegiate big men.

His best case to carve out a role looks to be to trim down his frame and try to improve his explosiveness while increasing his ability to move laterally in space to be able to play away from the rim.

Humphries is most comfortable inside the paint, with the majority of his offensive possessions coming from post-ups according to Synergy Sports Technology. He will certainly have to expand his game at the pro level as he is not a dominant post player but he can use his strength to back down his man under the rim.

Most of his moves end up with a decent look at the rim off of a right handed hook shot, but he lacks a counter move to keep the defense guessing and it will be difficult to score at the next level with his back to the basket without a more well-rounded arsenal of moves.

Humphries will certainly have opportunities at a two-way contract or D-League affiliate spot should that interest him. If not, being an Australian citizen will give him an excellent chance at finding a lucrative contract back home to expand his game in hopes of working his way back to the States one day.

At 7-feet, 260 lbs., it’s no surprise several teams are interested in Humphries based on size alone. As the common phrase goes, “You can’t teach size.”

He’s only 19 years old, and has shown spurts of massive potential in his time in a Kentucky uniform. If Josh Harrellson can improve his game enough to get drafted and earn minutes on an NBA roster, Humphries has a chance too.

It’s a long shot for Humphries to get drafted on June 22, but there’s little doubt he can find his way in the D-League and work his way up to the NBA once he develops his game a little more. Worst case scenario, he’s going to make a whole lot of money overseas.

Show them what you’ve got, I-Zack!

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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8 Comments for Read the latest DraftExpress scouting report on Isaac Humphries

  1. chris43
    12:03 am May 29, 2017 Permalink

    I always liked Humphries I can’t really blame him for leaving because with the log jam in inside talent coming he most likely would have been playing off the bench again. He has potential and lots of it…I’m just not sure how he ended up at UK in our era of “one and done” talent. Sad part is that he could most likely start for quite a few D1 schools.

    • BBNDan7
      1:41 am May 29, 2017 Permalink

      He was one of those guys we always seem to get in the “oh no we need a position to fill” moments. That’s why I had a hard time seeing people like Mulder, or now Baker being much help really. But then again Jamal was sort of the same and he worked out okay I guess lol

    • Eazy
      11:54 am May 29, 2017 Permalink

      I think Baker will be a solid 4 year player. He has a spot here because he can shoot. But he has decent handles and athleticism too. All the PAC 12 schools wanted him.

  2. BBNDan7
    1:39 am May 29, 2017 Permalink

    I feel like if Humphries can bulk up and get an NBA body, which he will have all the time in the world for, he could be successful because the game has changed so much to be played more outside. He could be a great fit as a stretch 4 somewhere, but his lack of athletic ability hurts him

  3. Angelo
    1:41 am May 29, 2017 Permalink

    Perfect for the pro’s!! Seven foot three point bomber!! The future of basketball is the three!! Even crazier, i want a half court four!

  4. Angelo
    1:46 am May 29, 2017 Permalink

    Cal likes threes, loves dunks… I fear the tide is turning toward threes… We will be fine at the college level!!

  5. henderblue
    9:14 am May 29, 2017 Permalink

    I never saw him as a back to the basket type NBA player. He seems to me to be best in the NBA as a 3 point threat and an excellent passer facing the basket. More in line with the modern NBA player. His problem would be guarding people out there on the wing