15 - Isaac Humphries

7-0, 260 Center
Kentucky Sophomore
01/05/98 (22.8 yrs)
Caringbah, Australia
High School
La Lumiere
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills
85 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Aaron Baynes

Strengths: Stands at 7’0 … Strong 260-pound body frame … Solid motor … His greatest impact as a Kentucky Wildcat came on the boards … Aided by soft hands used to grab rebounds … This past season, his per game rebounding average amounted to just 2.8, but that number inflated to 13.5 per 40 minutes … Averaged 6.5 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes … When he can’t get to a rebound himself, he proves strong enough to hold off opponents from grabbing boards, allowing his teammates rebounding opportunities … Offensively, his soft hands allow him to make difficult catches around the rim and finish easy baskets from close range … Most of his offensive possession come from inside of the paint … Not a dominant post presence by any means, but does have the strength to the back his man down under the rim … Has a decent right-handed hook shot … Showed flashes of being able to knock down shots from midrange as a stand still shooter … Defensively, his strong frame allows him to effectively stand his ground against his man in the post … Despite his average reach, he does a good job at contesting shots … He has his limitations on this end of the floor but he does gives effort and works hard …

Weaknesses: Lower level athleticism and quickness … The game seemed to move too fast for him at times … Struggled to guard quicker and more athletic big men in college … Needs to improve explosiveness and lateral movement in space … Cannot play above the rim in traffic … Questions about his ability to protect the rim as an NBA center due to lack of length … 7’0 wingspan and 8’11 standing reach are measures of a typical NBA power forward instead of center … Lacks touch around the rim … Although the majority of his offensive possessions come inside, he’s not a dominant post player … Needs to add most post moves to his game or it will be difficult for him to score with his back to the basket at the next level … Predictable and doesn’t keep defenses guessing with an array of post moves … Lacks a jump shot … If he’s rushed to shoot the ball, then there’s a high chance that it’ll throw off his confidence in his shot … Erratic with the ball, leading to him being turnover prone … Can look like he lacks confidence when deciding on his next move or decision … Seems to not have good enough mental toughness and composure … Took himself out of plays following a mistake … Free throw shooting isn’t a strength despite his form, which gives reason for optimism … Only attempted 40 free throws in two years and hit just 60 percent … On defense, he struggles to move in space … His feet are heavy and he need to work on establishes and staying in a defensive position … Quicker bigs can get by him easily … Relating back to his lack of quickness and lateral movement, he’s slow at closing out on the perimeter … He’s a half step slow on his rotations and can’t effectively rotate to contest shots at the rim … Lack of foot speed makes him more susceptible to picking up a ton fouls …

Overall: Averaged 2.8 pts, and 2.8 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game as a sophomore … Throughout his two seasons at Kentucky, Humphries was unable to earn consistent minutes in the Wildcats’ rotation … This past season, the Australia native averaged just a shade over eight minutes per game … The Wildcats constantly brought in talented frontcourt players such as Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, and Bam Adebayo … Next season it would have been much of the same for Humphries, who was expected to be buried in the rotation behind the likes of P.J. Washington and Nick Richards and others … Finding an NBA team to take a chance on him will most likely come after a few stints in the Development League or some time playing overseas as he works on developing/seasoning his game … His ceiling seems limited as of now and he doesn’t provide what NBA teams look for in big men in today’s game … However, he’s only 19 years old with a lot of room to grow …

Tajh Jenkins 6/8/17