Kris Humphries is going to be one of those prospects in the Class of 2003 who is going to have a lot of palatable options when it comes to picking a college.
One of the top forwards in the Class of 2003, 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.
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 an interest in Humphries.
"It really surprised me when Coach Donovan showed up," Humphries said. "I did not even know he was coming, and I just noticed him there."
Kris has already taken four unofficial visits thus far -- to Texas, Minnesota, Michigan and Michigan State. His next trip will occur the weekend of Nov. 17, when Kris and his family will visit the University of Iowa.
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. "That way, I can have the summer to work on my game and get ready for going into my senior year of high school."
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.
Kris said that many factors will go into his decision-making process.
"I want to come in and play right away, and get in a winning program," he said. "I want to be around good players where I can win with them and have a good coach."
An excellent student, Humphries said he carries a 3.5 GPA in the classroom. He will take the SAT for the first time on Dec. 1.
Humphries has been invited to both the Nike and adidas shoe camps next year, and he said he really has not yet made any decisions about which one he'll attend or what team he will suit up for next spring and summer.
IR will keep you posted on the status of Humphries and other top prospects in the Class of 2003, so stay tuned to the site for comprehensive information in the coming weeks and months!