Players from Australia are making huge impacts all over high school basketball, could the next big thing from the country be on the way to the United States this year.
Tonight Dante Exum
will get drafted, and that is just the beginning when it comes to the run of talent in the pipeline from Australia. Players such as Ben Simmons
, Deng Adel
, and Thon Maker
all are also making a name for themselves, and potentially the next to be added to that list is Isaac Humphries
At around 6-foot-11 and 250 pounds, Humphries has been a dominant force on the interior in Australia. Last week Humphries announced he would be leaving Australia to come to the United States and will attend school at La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere, and is a member of the class of 2016.
"Obviously it's a big move for me and there are both positives and negatives," Humphries told Scout.com. "But I feel as though this is the best option for me in the long-term, both on and off the court. I've been interested in making the move over to the US for a while now so I'm really looking forward to it."
He continued, "Playing against, and with, a higher level of competition is something that will help me moving forward with my basketball. In particular the athleticism that high school basketball in the US has to offer is definitely something I'd like to get comfortable with and is something that I'm sure will better prepare me at the college level and beyond."
Obviously given his size Humphries is going to be someone who can play around the rim, but he feels he is more than just a back to the basket player.
"I like to think of myself as a big-man whose skills exceed just playing in the post," said Humphries. "I feel as though my mobility and speed for my size allows me to face-up and create off the dribble. So my versatility for my position is something that I think has helped me get to where I am today and is something I continue to work on."
In terms of his desire to play college basketball, Humphries says that it is definitely there, but things are very early in the process for him.
"I do intend on playing college basketball after high school, and I've been fortunate enough to hear from a few colleges already," noted Humphries. "That's something I'll think more about further down the road though."