Cyclones in Pursuit of Humphries

The recruiting process has started again for Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins star Kris Humphries, who was released from his national letter of intent by Duke University Monday. While several top programs across the country have come calling on the 6-foot-9 forward and McDonald's All-American, Cyclone fans have a glimmer of hope in their team's pursuit of him.

A coaching change from Larry Eustachy to Wayne Morgan might have hurt Iowa State's chances, especially since the old regime played a major part in Humphries' recruitment the past few years. But even with a change at the top, ISU's chances could actually be bolstered by Morgan's promotion.

"My son spent time down at ING Academy with John Wallace, who use to play at Syracuse," said Humphries' father William in an interview with CN Friday afternoon. "Coach Morgan recruited John Wallace to Syracuse as a coach. He had some good things to say about Coach Morgan. That's how it came about. Coach Morgan's a great recruiter, will help guys and really cares about his players. I will be curious to see where it goes."

ISU was one of several schools that have reportedly contacted Kris Humphries since Monday. According to a story by Chris Monter of, Illinois, UCLA, Georgia, Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan State, Arkansas, Memphis, Boston College, Stanford, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan, Oregon and Penn State have tried to enter the picture.

William Humphries will get a much clearer picture over the weekend when he and his son the second wave of recruiting with him.

"Not much is going on right now," he said. "We're trying to get this appeal done and looking at some schools. I'm going to talk with my son tomorrow, in terms of which direction we want to take. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say.

"I know some schools that have been mentioned are a serious consideration, but that's only because of the history of the head coaches. It's something Kris has looked into. Iowa State was a consideration the last time around, too, before he chose Duke."

Humphries is trying to get an appeal through the NCAA's national letter-of-intent steering committee that would re-secure his four years of college eligibility. After Duke released him from his letter, he stands to lose one year by attending another program.

Another angle the coaching staff in Ames can work is Humphries' connection with current ISU center Andrew Skoglund, a former high school teammate. Skoglund has spoken highly of his time in Ames during past conversations, said Humphries' father.

"The relationships go through Coach Novak at the high school," William Humphries said. "He bridges the gaps between classes and players. Kris knows Skoglund and played against him, with him and talked to him. When Skoglund was a senior, Kris was a freshman. But he played with him in open gyms. Every time I talk to Skoglund, he says he has had a good experience down there despite not playing much."

How much of a factor will Morgan and Skoglund play in getting Humphries to ISU? Stay tuned.

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