As a freshman, Matthew Humphrey got an idea on how crazy his young basketball life would be down the road. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing from Chicago's Hales Franciscan High School got a taste of what being a high-major prospect is all about.
"It's crazy. I'm used to seeing coaches at my school because of the guys that we have had here before," he said. "My first day as a freshman, I walked into the gym and there was Marquette, Kansas and Purdue. But now the crazy thing is, they are coming to see me."
And they are coming by the bulk to see the No. 70 ranked player in the class of 2008.
Five coaches showed up on one day last week, Humphrey said. Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Creighton and DePaul all stood together watching the lanky wing in action. Humphrey said Dayton, Rice, Arizona State, Kansas State, UConn, Clemson and "a lot more" are coming by in the next week or so.
That isn't even the most of it, Humphrey said.
"I'm not ruling anybody out right now," Humphrey said. "If I gave you a real list of people recruiting me, sending letters and stuff like that, you'd be writing all night long. I probably get a stack of mail everyday."
Humphrey said he is visiting Notre Dame next week and a trip to Georgia will likely happen. His cousin, Billy Humphrey, plays for the Bulldogs. Wisconsin may also get a visit, he said. It is early, though, and the trips and school lists will certainly change over the next year, he said.
"I'm feeling everybody out," Humphrey said.
That could take a while.