Humphries cleared to play for Gophers in 2003-2004

Kris Humphries will be eligible to play for the Minnesota Gophers men's basketball team this season. Humphries found out he was cleared in a letter received Monday from the National Steering Committee and is excited about joining his new team.

The Gophers men's basketball team got some good news late Monday.

Kris Humphries, the Hopkins (MN) High star and McDonald's and Parade All-American, will be immediately eligible to play for the Gophers in the 2003-04, it was announced Monday by the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee.

Humphries, a 6-8, 240-pound forward, signed a scholarship tender with Minnesota in June after being released from his national letter of intent he signed with Duke last fall. Humphries was a consensus top-20 rated player in the country after averaging 25.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 5.0 assists per game as a senior.

"I'm looking forward to being a Golden Gopher this season," said Humphries. "It's a big relief to have the process over and now I can concentrate on playing and being a big contributor my freshman year."

Gophers coach Dan Monson was as equally excited. Humphries will fill a big frontcourt void for the Gophers, who lost forwards Rick Rickert and Jerry Holman from last year's team. Humphries is expected to come in and be a major factor for the Gophers starting next season.

"I'm excited for Kris that the process is complete and he'll be able to play for us this season," said Monson. "He brings a lot to the table and it's a big lift for our program."

Humphries was on campus checking out potential apartments when the letter arrived in the mail at home. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the letter Humphries received did not give the reason the steering committee granted his request, and Humphries has declined to comment on the reasons he asked for his release from Duke.

All Monson and Gophers fans care about now is getting the talented Humphries in a Gophers uniform next season.

"It's been a tiring process," Humphries told the Star Tribune. "I thought the whole process was over when I made my first decision. Now I can start a new chapter in my life."

Matt Krumrie covers Gophers sports for GoldenSports.net. He can be reached at gopherhockeyinsider@yahoo.com

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