Humphrey Heats Up His Recruitment

He rolled the dice and now he's one of the hottest backcourt targets in America. Billy Humphrey is not just available, but he's busting out and having a big time season.

Billy Humphrey, Dacula (Ga.) High's 6-foot-1 guard figured that if he just waited a little longer, he'd have a few more attractive offers this spring. So, what Humphrey did was he made a decision not to take any official visits and see what happens. Mid-majors were lining up to get him but the high-majors were lukewarm.

Well, leave it to Humphrey to heat himself up. Currently he's averaging 30.7 points per game. In his last two games, Humphrey has erupted for 50 and 59 points becoming the only person in Gwinnett County to score 50+ in back-to-back games.

Humphrey's ability to score the ball was something he thought few recognized coming off a successful run with the Georgia Stars. "I felt like I didn't all that I could out of AAU that I could," Humphrey said. "I didn't think I got enough chances to showcase what I can really do. I wanted to show that I'm more combo than a person who can shoot."

At his size, he knows that at some point in the future, playing a little point or at least handling the ball more, needs to take place. Think of him as a combo in the making. Can he run the point at a high level right now?

"To an extent, yes," Humphrey said. "Then again I'm not the best ballhandler but I do feel like I can handle the ball under pressure. Would I rather come off a screen to shoot the ball? Yes, but I can handle it if I need to."

Armed with 5 official visits, Humphrey is going to pick wisely. He wants to feel needed by the programs recruiting him. He's interested in the highest level but he won't take a scholarship just to take one. There's got to be a legitimate opportunity of playing, not just being a bit part of the team.

Virginia Tech, SMU, Georgia and Miami have offered. Actually, Georgia's offer has a twist. The Bulldogs will take Humphrey if Louis Williams leaves for the NBA and a spot opens up.

"I can't say that I'll wait on Georgia. I don't know how long I'll be waiting or what I'll be waiting for. No one knows if [Williams is] going to the NBA or not."

Florida, Alabama, LSU, Mississippi, Villanova and Texas have been in touch. If they offer, Florida, Alabama and Virginia Tech look good to Humphrey for visits.

The guard maintains that no one has moved into first place in his recruitment. It's still an evaluation process on both ends. "There's not a difference with the schools, it's just that I don't feel like I've gotten the scholarship that I like," Humphrey said.

When you put up over 100 points in back-to-back games, it shouldn't be long for those offers to come through.

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