Hoops: Humphries saga continues

Dan Monson has a chance at landing one of the hottest in-state recruits of all time, but some local pundits wonder if the young star carries too much baggage -- namely, his father. The beat goes on in the Kris Humphries saga. Also, another Hopkins athlete says he'll don the maroon and gold in 2004.

When Hopkins basketball star Kris Humphries picks which school he's going to attend, it's pretty clear that he comes as a package deal. Not only does the lucky school get a rugged inside presence with a soft touch from the outside. It gets his father, too.

Star Tribune columnist Dan Barriero today paints a picture of William Humphries as the classic meddling stage father -- think Marv Marinovich crossed with Walt Szczerbiak, with a little Earl Woods thrown in for good measure.

Would coach Dan Monson be inheriting more of a headache than a headline-maker if Humphries declares his intentions to attend the U of M? Read on to see what Barriero makes of the whole situation.

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Meanwhile, even if Humphries heads elsewhere this summer, Hopkins will be sending a hot recruit to Dinkytown in the fall of 2004. Quarterback John Carlson, a two-year starter for the Royals heading into his senior season, has made a verbal commitment to play for Glen Mason at the U of M.

Sid Hartman, the dean of Twin Cities sports journalists, also reports that Hutchinson's Lydon Murtha is not waffling on his previous commitment to Mason and still plans on becoming a Golden Gopher next fall.

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Of course, summer is baseball season, so let's get an update on John Anderson's squad. Two of Anderson's players were named to the Freshman All-America team. Pitcher Glen Perkins, who led the team with a 10-2 record and set a school record with 117 strikeouts, and catcher Andy Hunter, who hit .344 and was second in the Big Ten with 28 RBIs in conference play, were honored. In addition, Perkins was one of four National Freshmen Players of the Year.

Meanwhile, outfielder Ben Pattee signed a free-agent contract with the Twins organization and will start his pro career at Class A Fort Myers this summer.

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Check back tomorrow for more updates from Dinkytown!

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