Who's Who of Coaches Stopping By
Florida's Billy Donovan has been to watch Hopkins (MN) High forward Kris Humphries. So have Louisville's Rick Pitino, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Marquette's Tom Crean. In fact, Pitino, Crean and Izzo attended a recent game of Humphries' together.
On Tuesday, Hopkins was playing Minneapolis Henry. According to some observers who were in the stands, the place was packed. The Star Tribune said 3,000 plus was in attendance and watched Henry beat Hopkins 91-81.
Among those in attendance were Texas head coach Rick Barnes, Michigan's Tommy Amaker and Minnesota's Dan Monson, who must have been pleased to see some Gophers show up for the game as well. Illinois sent assistant Norm Roberts to represent Champaign. Oops, almost forgot. Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders was also in attendance as well.
Humphries scored 28 in the loss. More impressive than the points has been the list of head coaches who have visited Humphries this year. We only named a few who have been in recently and surely there have been more. The point is, when head coaches converge en masse on a player a few things can be deduced: 1) the kid is really good. In this case Humphries is a Top 25 kid in his class; 2) college staffs must feel that he'll be an early decider and it's important to get in their looks early.
The word on the streets is that Humphries will be an early decision maker so this probably isn't the last time this year coaching conventions will be held at Hopkins' games.