Humphries Makes Decision

IU desperately needed Kris Humphries to fill the gap left in the middle by Jeff Newton's departure. His final choices were between Indiana and Minnesota. Did Mike Davis finally end his recruiting woes for this season, or did Humphries opt to play for the hometown Gophers? He made his decision Monday.

Indiana could bring the best recruiting class to the Big Ten since the Fab Five. Well, next year anyway. This year's class will still have to depend on Patrick Ewing, Jr. to carry the load because Minnesota high school senior Kris Humphries chose to stay close to home and play for the Golden Gophers.

13 months ago, Humphries was poised to wear a Blue Devil uniform for Mike Krzyzewski, but less than a month ago he decided to withdraw from the Dukies. He narrowed his choice down to Minnesota, Indiana and Iowa State with the two Big Ten teams leading. Yet on Monday, Humphries signed a scholarship voucher with Minnesota, ending any hopes IU has at filling the void next season left by departing NBA hopeful Jeff Newton.

Humphries averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds and five assists last season at Hopkins High School. TheInsiders.com's Dave Telep rated Humprhies as the 18th best player in this year's class of incoming freshman. He has a body that is ready to bang in the Big Ten, and he would have paid huge dividends for an IU team desperately in need of some size to compliment its outstanding perimeter players.

Yet Humphries might not be allowed to play next season. College players are subject to a one-year penalty if they decommit after signing a letter of intent. He will still be allowed to play next season if he wins an appeal against the ruling.

Hoosier fans can look forward to the additions of top 2004 players Robert Vaden and James Hardy plus the strong possibility of landing Rajon Rondo and D.J. White. That class would be just scary; not just for the Big Ten, but for the rest of the country.

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