Arizona targets top junior

Kris Humphries, a 6-8 combo-forward from Minnetonka (Hopkins), Minn. is the most recent player from the Class of 2003 being targeted by the UA coaching staff. According to his father, William Humphries, Kris has narrowed his list to seven schools.

Humphries has skills very similar to those of Evan Burns, the 6-8 senior from Los Angeles Fairfax who recently verbally committed to UCLA. In fact, until Burns gave the Bruins a commitment, Humphries had been considering UCLA. Now the Bruins are not on his short list.

"We've narrowed it down to seven schools," William Humphries, Kris' father, said. "Kris told me he wants to take a (unofficial) visit to Arizona this fall, so the Wildcats are at or near the top. Florida, Iowa, Louisville - because Patino gets the most out of his players, Texas, Michigan St. and Minnesota are the others."

Recently, Arizona hasn't been too lucky recruiting players from Minnesota. The Wildcats were burned by Rick Rickert last year when Rickert gave Arizona an early verbal commitment then backed out of the commitment and signed with the Golphers.

"You have to keep the home school (Minnesota) on the list because you never know ," the elder Humphries said. "Grandpa might get cancer or something, you never know."

Then referring to the Rickert situation, he went on to say, "But Kris wouldn't make a commitment and renege on it."

William Humphries is trying to guide his son through the recruiting process and he has a timetable for making a decision.

"This is a crazy process," the elder Humphries said. "We've talked to virtually every big name school including Duke. And I'm just amazed at how inconsiderate some people are. Maybe not so much inconsiderate as they just don't listen. I told every one of them that to be considered I had to meet the head coach. I want to sit down and break bread with them. Assistants come and go, I want to meet the head man."

Obviously, Mr. Humphries has made an impression on those he's spoken with because every head coach has scheduled a visit for the week of Oct. 1.

The schedule looks like this so far:

Oct. 1 – Florida (Billy Donovan), Iowa (Steve Alford), Minnesota (Dan Monson), Louisville (Rick Patino)

Oct. 2 – Texas (Rick Barnes?)

Oct. 4 – Michigan State (Tom Izzo), Arizona (Lute Olson)


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