Coach Visits Chicago Athlete

As the open contact period for basketball recruiting winds down, the Illini staff keep on working the phone lines and do a little traveling. Assistant Coach Tracey Webster made the visit back to the Chicagoland area looking at Class of 2008 Hales Franciscan HS star Matthew Humphrey this week.

Tuesday, Illini Assistant Coach Tracey Webster went to take a closer look at 6-5 shooting guard Matthew Humphrey, whose stock is rising. According to Hales Franciscan head coach Gary London his star guard has no favorite. "Right now he has two offers from DePaul and Notre Dame and that's it at this point." said London. Michigan State is also thought to be very interested in Humphrey.

Recently it was reported that Illinois was a favorite for Humphrey but according to London he hasn't heard that rumor, "I know he likes Illinois and that's understandable. His father was a star baseball player for Illinois."

What makes Humphrey so attractive is his long athletic body and long wingspan. "He's got a nice shot and a nice physical makeup to his game and he's a good defender." said London.

London, like most people, really enjoyed that great Final Four run the Illini had in 2005. "Oh, I liked that team with Luther Head, Dee Brown and Deron Williams. Coach Weber is an X's and O's (guy). I like the fact that he has some structure in his offense but at the same time let his players play the game and to their abilities. They have a good staff down there at Illinois."

According to London, Humphrey has been to Champaign for an unofficial visit, "I'm not sure when or if he's going back. If he did it would be with his father sometime." According to sources Humphrey may be visiting Weber and company for Midnight Madness. has Humphrey ranked as a four-star recruit in the class of 2008. The scouting report on Humphrey is: Talented wing player emerged nationally as a rising junior. Has an outstanding perimeter stroke and is a confident player from behind the arc. Will run some point on occasion. Needs to continue strengthening his body; excellent study.

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