Kris Humphries to become a Gopher

Six-foot-9 forward Kris Humphries of Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins has decided that he will play for the Gophers next season. The McDonald's All-American visited Indiana and Iowa State after receiving a release from his letter of intent from Duke before deciding on the Gophers.

Kris Humphries is College Basketball News' choice for Minnesota Player of the Year and was named the Metro Player of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune for the second straight year. He also was one of the Naismith's final ten high school players and a Parade McDonald's All-American. He averaged 25 points and 14 rebounds per game this season for the Royals, which finished third in Class AAAA after winning the state title in 2002. Humphries played in the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Capitol Classic


The typical penalty for reneging on a national letter of intent is two years of eligibility. However, since Duke did release Humphries, he loses only one year if he attends a different school. Humphries can regain the year by appealing to the national letter-of-intent steering committee. William Humphries, Kris' father, feels that his son will be able to play next season.


Minnesota -- where his father, a former Gophers football player and his mother, who was a college rower -- did not have any official visits left, but Humphries had a nearly five-hour visit on June 6. Despite some internet reports that the visit did not go well, Humphries decided that Minnesota is where he wants to play next season and has appealed to be allowed to play next season as a freshman.


Humphries has continued to work out with former NBA players Chris Carr and Trent Tucker. Humphries, who was nicknamed "Hercules" by fellow Nike All-American campers, has been practicing Pilates and yoga and is currently up to 240 pounds. He has bench pressed 315 pounds and can bench 265 pounds four times. Humphries was a first-team Student Sports All-American and second-team All-USA Today choice.


Humphries graduated from Hopkins High and has been taking some post-secondary classes at Normandale Community College.


He is the third newcomer for the Gophers, joining Wesley Washington and Kerry Woolridge.  

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