One of the top forwards in the Class of 2003, Kris Humphries the 6-8, 220 pounder from Hopkins H.S. in Minnetonka, Minn., has seen a who's who of college coaches come to evaluate him this fall. Last night against Burnsville Humphries scored 32 points and had 17 rebounds. Present at the game to watch this talented junior forward were coaches from the programs of Marquette, Kentucky, Iowa State and Arizona.
In his first game Humphries played this season, he dropped in 34 points, had 12 rebounds, had seven assists, five steals, and three blocks. He had this game against Southwest.
Florida's Billy Donovan, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Georgetown's Craig Esherick were just a few of the many head coaches to make the trek to the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" this fall. Representatives from many other high major schools, close to 25-30 programs according to Kris' dad, also came up to express and interest in Humphries.
Kris has already taken unofficial visits to Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Michigan State. In addition to the above seven programs, Humphries' very large and early list includes Arizona, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The family has made unofficial visits an important component of the recruiting process, as Kris is planning to make a very early college decision. He is hoping to have a college picked out by the spring.
"If I am ready to make a decision in the spring, then that's when I would like to commit," Humphries told the Insiders Report/Rivalshoops.com.
Humphries comes from an excellent athletic background. His dad was a football player at the University of Minnesota while his mom was a collegiate rower. His sister is currently on scholarship as a swimmer at Texas.
And when one takes a look at Humphries, it's very evident that he has a background in swimming as well, as he is exceptionally agile for his size and has a sleek greyhound type of build. He does not appear to have an ounce of fat on his frame.
This past spring and summer, Humphries made a name for himself playing for the Howard Pulley Panthers' traveling program. He has the size to play inside, yet also displayed some skills on the perimeter. As a result, he likely projects as a combo forward at the Division I level. An excellent student, Humphries said he carries a 3.5 GPA in the classroom. He took the SAT for the first time on Dec. 1.