2003 Spotlight: Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries was injured part of the summer. He hurt his back at Nike and toughed it out at the Peach Jam. However, he's healthy now and college recruiters made the trip to Minnesota en masse to see him last month.

Hopkins, Minn., Was A Popular Place In September

Kris Humphries, a 6-8, 220 pound forward from Hopkins (MN) High is coming off a long month. All totaled, about 25 programs came to watch him workout during the evaluation period. That friends, is how one figures out just how good he is and can be.

"Actually, I just got done writing the thank you cards," Humphries said. Notes are going out to Texas, Michigan State, Arizona, Stanford, Iowa, Minnesota, Florida, UNLV, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, North Carolina, Louisville, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgetown, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Marquette, Notre Dame and Tennessee. Each school sent a representative to see him last month.

A litany of head coaches got on a plane and made the trek to watch him. The group included Rick Barnes, Tom Izzo, Lute Olson, Steve Alford, Dan Monson, Billy Donovan, Larry Shyatt, Kevin Stallings, Tom Crean, Craig Esherick, Barry Collier, Mike Brey and Buzz Peterson. Wow!

"You know what the best thing was, the guys came in expecting one thing and they left with their jaw on the floor," William Humphries, Kris' father said. "They saw him put the ball on the floor and they were impressed."

Humphries wants to make a spring decision, according to his father. "The people that came in, if they didn't want to come in they won't be high on my list with a few exceptions," Kris Humphries said. "Some of the head coaches I didn't think would come out my junior year. I wasn't surprised with the assistants."

Since the summer, Humphries has risen to 220 pounds. He weighed in at 209 at Nike. He's down to 3 percent body fat. He'll likely be recruited as a combo forward. "I've been lifting a lot and working out. I'm getting ready to get some shots up."

Humphries played his way into the Nike Camp with a strong performance at a Nike underclassman event. However, he was hurt and didn't look his best. "I tweaked my back. It was still bothering me a lot at Peach Jam but it was still good enough that I could run the court."

As a junior, Humphries averaged 20.2 points. He broke his thumb 11 games into the season.

Last weekend, Humphries visited Michigan and Michigan State. The family came away impressed with both programs. Izzo laid out a showcase of rings and told him that one day he could have one. By the way, Izzo has an impressive collection of hardware.

Humphries has been to Minnesota, which is where he spent Midnight Madness. He's also made an unofficial visit to Texas. His father says that trips to Florida and Arizona are in the works for this season. He'll visit Iowa Nov. 17.

The Humphries Family is no stranger to big-time college athletics. Kris' father was a football player at Minnesota. His sister swims at Texas these days. Mom was a rower for the Gophers. His sister didn't play college athletics, but she recently graduated from Michigan State.

Add up all the variables and you have the makings of a very interesting recruiting race, considering Humphries take some unofficials and decide in the spring.


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