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NBL Shootaround: Kings' first look at Isaac Humphries

NBL Shootaround: Kings' first look at Isaac Humphries

A prized recruit from the University of Kentucky, Isaac Humphries made a shaky start in his first hit out for the Kings against the Oklahoma Sooners, but he  showed promising signs in a much better finish to the game.

He began with a wild air ball and a couple of rushed shots from close range, short arming a simple baseline jumper. When he settled, however, he begun to show some of the promise that has made him an intriguing prospect, even while playing little on a stacked Kentucky squad. He showed soft hands and a nice touch around the hoop,  finishing through contact a couple of times and throwing a neat pass to the Kings' other standout, Deng Acouth and having little trouble getting good post position.

He begun to find his range on baby hooks and running hooks, ending with 21 points and snaring 9 rebounds. He won't be chasing players around the perimeter, but scouting reports suggesting an immobile low-post dinosaur are probably a bit overplayed, at least at NBL level. While his jump shooting numbers at Kentucky weren't good,  his mechanics looked decent and he knocked down a top of circle three when left wide open. Overall, the 19 year old looks like something of a project, but an upper tier project, and one who could start in the NBL.

 

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