Updated Favorites for Georgia Hoop Star

The Georgia Stars AAU program spent this summer dominating most of their opposition. They did so with an abundance of solid guards, led most notably by Louis Williams and Mike Mercer. Joining the two top 25 rated G's in the backcourt was Dacula's <b>Billy Humphrey</b> to make for probably the best backcourt in all of AAU this summer. After traveling the country for the last few months, <b>he is now back at home and has a threesome standing out for his future services in college.</b>

Billy Humphrey had been looking into leaving Dacula High School in the off-season, as it was possibly going on the "danger list" for having violent occurrences three consecutive years, but that is no longer the case. So, since Humphrey can't transfer schools without sitting out a year, he'll spend the season back at Dacula.

"I feel like, being on a team without big (name) people, will give me a chance to show that I have a lot to offer" the 6'3 combo G said, adding that he also likes the idea of being able to possibly lead Dacula farther than expected.

Now that the summer AAU circuit finished up, Humphrey is looking to focus in on his future home in college. An excellent shooter, Humphrey's height is a cause for concern, but he feels he's more than capable of playing the PG role in the future, something he was unable to show on the guard-laden Stars this summer.

So what all is Humphrey looking at in his colleges? "(Distance) is definitely a factor," Humphrey said. He also said the opportunity to play early will be another major incentive in his decision.

He hopes to get the decision done as soon as possible, preferably before the high school season gets underway in October and sign by the early period in November.

South Carolina, Ohio State, Tulane, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, and Miami are the 7 schools still in the hunt for the dead eye shooter. Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Mississippi State are no longer actively pursuing him.

He has yet to officially visit anyone, but has been to Georgia and Tennessee unofficially, and said he probably won't go on take all 5 allotted visits before making a decision.

All but Georgia have made Humphrey at least verbal offers, while Humphrey could not recall off the top of his head if anyone had confirmed that in writing just yet.

Humphrey also spoke a bit on what appeals to him about those that remain in the hunt.

He said Georgia has only one scholarship left to give in this class, and was looking to fill it with a big man. But, if the nation's #1 SG and current Georgia commitment Louis Williams were to decide to enter the NBA draft next summer, that would definitely put them back in the mix for Humphrey, that is if he doesn't sign during the fall (he said UGA is going to wait until the spring before deciding whether or not to extend a scholarship offer).

Miami, while still actively recruiting him, is at the "bottom of the list".

Ohio State has just recently entered the mix after seeing Humphrey at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., and at the AAU national championships in Orlando. Humphrey said he doesn't know much about them as they have just begun to get involved. The distance from home does not bode well for the Buckeyes, but the new suitor definitely intrigues him.

Tulane, along with Ohio St, is trailing just behind his top 3. The Green Wave has a family connection in that Humphrey's cousin, current Chicago Bulls SF Linton Johnson, played for them.

Just ahead of Tulane and Ohio St, the Dacula native's top 3 would be Tennessee, Auburn, and South Carolina (in order mentioned). He said the trio is "neck and neck". South Carolina has scheduled an in home visit soon. He said, "nothing sticks out in my mind about them", but they are close to home, and will have an opening at SG after senior Josh Gonner graduates.

Tennessee, like the Gamecocks and Auburn, is close to home, which is one of the things making them so attractive. They also have current senior Scooter McFadgon at his SG position, which would leave an immediate opening for playing time once Humphrey would enroll there for the 2005-2006 season.

The Tigers are similar to the other two members of his top 3, in that they are close to his Atlanta area home and have an immediate need for someone in the backcourt. Jeff Lebo's squad has "a lot of opportunities for me," according to Humphrey.

"I think I can go in and play right away (at Auburn)," Humphrey said.

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