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Friday / October 7.
  • Calipari Watches 2016 7-Footer Isaac Humphries

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    FIBA U17 World Championships - DubaiKentucky coach John Calipari braved the weather Thursday night to watch 2016 Australian 7-footer Isaac Humphries.

    The big man went for 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks as La Lumiere (IN) beat Wasatch Academy (UT), 71-54.

    “It means a lot,” La Lumiere associate head coach Brad Johnstin told SNY.tv. “We’re really appreciative that he came. It means a lot to us in the basketball program. It probably means we’re doing something right.”

    Humphries began classes at La Lumiere Jan. 5 after coming over from Australia and has since drawn interest from Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Arizona and numerous other high-majors.

    Calipari was the only head coach able to make it through the weather Thursday, but assistants from Purdue, Butler and Loyola-Marymount were also on hand.

    “That’s pretty cool for [Humphries],” Johnstin said of Calipari coming. “I think he’s just concerned about enjoying the┬áteam and the school. I wouldn’t say it’s overwhelming, he’s taking everything in stride.

    “It’s cool, it’s definitely rewarding. It’s not the end all, be all. He’s excited to keep going.”

    Kentucky could lose three centers to the NBA Draft this year in Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson — and freshman forward Trey Lyles could also leave.

    “Some conferences don’t have three centers go to the NBA,” one SEC assistant said.

    That said, the Wildcats will be in need of bigs going forward. Las Vegas center Stephen Zimmerman is their top priority at center in 2015, but he is also considering Arizona, UCLA, Kansas and UNLV. He’s expected to decide by February or March.



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.