Plenty of mutual interest between Michael Humphrey and Indiana

  • 07/18/2013 8:54 am in

071813xMichael Humphrey has flown under the radar for some time now because of a thumb injury he suffered last year. It set the class of 2014 recruit back a bit and kept some of the major college programs from being able to watch him.

Humphrey isn’t under the radar anymore.

The 6-foot-10 big man from Phoenix, Ariz. impressed at last weekend’s Reebok Breakout Classic in Philadelphia and has picked up new interest from several schools.

“I’ve really been talking to some of the bigger schools for awhile but they haven’t really had a chance to see me play just because in the spring I had an injury,” Humphrey told Inside the Hall on Wednesday. “Reebok was really the first chance they had a chance to see me and after that, it has really picked up.”

Indiana coach Tom Crean was in Philadelphia to see Humphrey for the first time, and all indications are that he left impressed. The Hoosiers have not yet offered Humphrey a scholarship, but they plan to send a member of their coaching staff to see him play at a Dallas AAU event this weekend and an offer could be coming soon.

“There’s a lot of interest from both sides,” Humphrey said.

Indiana actually showed interest in Humphrey months ago. Associate head coach Tim Buckley regularly sent him handwritten letters, but the Hoosiers’ ¬†pursuit of Humphrey has increased significantly since Crean watched him last weekend.

“I thought I played pretty well at the Reebok camp and then I started talking a little bit to coach Crean so it’s been a great experience,” Humphrey said.¬†“I’ve had really great conversations with him just telling me that I definitely need to keep improving but they really like the way I play.”

Humphrey, also a high school quarterback, has grown about three inches in the last year, and his AAU coaches said he isn’t finished growing yet.

“He’s gonna be close to 7-feet, if not more than 7-feet,” Arizona Magic coach Gino Crump told Inside the Hall. “He’s still got a baby face. Go look at videos of him, he still looks like a baby. Those growth plates are open.”

Crump said Humphrey has fully recovered from his injury and is playing better than ever. According to Crump, Humphrey is a big man who can step out and hit perimeter jump shots and also put the ball on the floor and get to the rim.

Humphrey is still fairly thin at 205 pounds, but he said he’s working hard to put on weight and get stronger this summer.

“His jump shot has gotten better, without a doubt,” Crump said. “He could always shoot, but his shot has gotten better. He hit three or four 3s in the second game of Reebok, which I think got everybody’s attention. He runs the floor well, he blocks shots, he’s got great footwork, great hands. He does everything well. His basketball IQ is off the charts.

“The only thing I wanna see Michael do is put on some more weight. He’s not small, just to be dominant at the college level, he’s gotta put on more weight.”

Crump said the additional three inches hasn’t changed Humphrey’s game much because he always played big. What the growth spurt really did was make it even more imperative that Humphrey get in the weight room and get bigger.

“The biggest thing for me is just gaining weight and continuing to get stronger,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey already has offers from Arizona, UCLA, USC, Texas, Vanderbilt and Virginia, among others. But Humphrey’s interest in Indiana seems to be a level above his other suitors at this point in the process.

“I had followed them, especially this past year when they had that really strong team,” Humphrey said. “I still don’t know a ton about them. Obviously they’re in a great conference and they have an amazing basketball team, but I’m definitely very interested in Indiana.”

Humphrey said he plans to take some unofficial and official visits following the July evaluation period, likely in August and September. Indiana figures to get one of those visits.

“I definitely think Indiana would be a school I have to consider strong and I would definitely want to go and see it,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey said it’s still too early in the process to project whether he will make an early decision in the fall or wait until the spring, but his AAU coaches are pretty certain it will be early.

“I think it’ll be early. He’s got a 4.5 GPA, he’s got no reason to wait,” Crump said. “I don’t know who he’d be waiting on. There aren’t many schools that could come in now that he’d even be interested in.”

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  • Caleb Moore

    A 4.5?!?! Wow congrats to him. Know it’s just HS, but still that is impressive. Guess I just have one concern……if he walks into the gym and sees his twin in Luke Fischer does that turn him off? HAHAHA No but really he does look a LOT like Luke. Glad to see Coach is making some insurance for Goodluck. This kid is obviously more offensively skilled than Okonoboh. A lot of these kids havent even been on campus yet.

  • BlakeD1223

    I find it funny that they say he’s going to be 7 feet. How can you predict if someone is going to grow or not?

  • cdog

    I agree that he is good insurance if we don’t get Goodluck. However, we may need two big men in this class. If Jurkin is not cuting it and Vonleh turns pro after one year, we would be left with only one player over 6’8″ (Fischer). This is a highly likely outcome. This is where an experienced JC big like Hurt may make some sense. I was looking at some 2015 mock drafts the other day and came accross one with Peter Jurkin going in the second round. My how things have changed for him.

  • Dagwoods

    Parents – curious how tall his dad is.

  • Dee McDonald

    normally parents have their doctors evaluate how open the kids growth plates are and estimate based on that. I’d say since he’s grown 3 inches in the last year that it’s fair to say he has a couple more inches in him. Cody was the same way. He went steadily up to 6’10” by his senior year, from like 6’5 or so as a freshman and then last year he was 7’0″, It’s not exact science, but they’re normally in the ballpark.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Peter Jurkin getting leaving after his junior season and getting drafted? What? I guess there are two questions here…why would you be looking at 2015 mock drafts? Why would anyone in their right mind have Peter Jurkin getting drafted?

  • AZIU71

    Refereed 2 of his high school games last year. Agile, smooth, mostly perimeter player in those games. Didn’t seem to have a body to bang in the big ten. Offers from Arizona and UCLA so somebody thinks he’s big time D1.

  • plane1972

    Sweet retro Atlanta Hawks jersey.

  • Ole Man

    There is actually an instrument used by some Drs., which measures bones in your wrist, and somehow accurately predicts future height.
    A friend of mine had it done with both here sons and it has been dead on.
    And no, that’s all I know about it.
    Maybe someone else has heard of this and knows what it is and how it works.

  • Miamihoosier

    Bring on the 7 footers…..If given the choice between the “small under-sized” team vs “giant low-post bullies”…..I’ll take being the bullies every time…..If Luke Fischer develops in to a pro, now you’ve started to establish yourself as a true big man’s school….get this kid Humphrey, and it almost becomes a pipeline for players in that “Cody Zeller” mold. I’d love to have him…Fischer and Humphrey could terrorize the league together for 2 or 3 years….it’s not a disadvantage to start two 7 footers when they move like guards.

  • HoosierTrav

    Mind….Blown

  • HoosierTrav

    I would hope that one of the 2 are actually a bully though. I’d hate to have 2 finnesse 7 footers.

  • Mr. Magoo

    Dad is 6’2″ and Mom is 5’8’ish. Every time I see him he looks taller. Big wingspan, rebounds out of his space, good vertical and timing around the rim, jump shot and range continues to improve as this is the first summer he has played club ball (previously focused on football). Just starting to transition out of baby face, so once he stops growing upward, I think he will start to fill out. Great kid and family (Grandfather and Uncle played QB at the Uni. of AZ). Hope Crean and others tell him to not play football this fall ~ Yikes!

  • CreamandCrimson

    True…I also think it’s taking a huge leap of faith to say Fischer and Humphrey could “terrorize the league for 2 or 3 years”. Humphrey is not currently considered an elite recruit, I don’t know about Miamihoosier or anyone else on here but I have never seen him play, he currently weighs 205 pounds and by all accounts he is very skinny. I really like Fischer but we really don’t know how he will translate to the Big Ten (I think very well but we’ll see). Bottom line, Humphrey is another piece to a very, very large recruiting puzzle and I think envisioning a terrorizing one-two post combo of Fischer and Humphrey is probably setting yourself up for disappointment.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    So here are a few questions. Which player between Humphrey and Goodluck would benefit the growth of Luke more in the short term and is it the same person who would benefit Luke also in the long term? Would Goodluck take minutes and court time away from Luke early on? Would Humphrey not as much? Would the practice situations be better for Luke with Goodluck? Would Luke benefit more at a 4 year standpoint with a player like Humphrey coming in or the same vs Goodluck coming to Bloomington? Humphrey and Goodluck are totally different players but each play the same position. Things I am considering here are the short and long term leadership growth of Luke, court time, practice development etc etc. Luke has been above and beyond a Hoosier from the get go and you know where his heart is. Just curious as to which recruit which would serve him better.

  • Miamihoosier

    Neither of these guys are Europeans, and neither will be finesse players…Kelly Olynick thought he was going to be a finesse player, and he sat the bench for 2 years until he decided he’d rather play at center.You just don’t find that role in the college game. We have one of the best strength and conditioning programs in the country….name one guy in the last 4 years who did make enormous strides in their bodies…..what you should ask is how many skilled 7 footers are in the Big Ten? Nnanna Egwu avg 7 and 5 last year…are you serious? Egwu? A.J. Hammonds looked like Shaquille Oneal. The article tells you why Humphrey isn’t high in the rankings, I guess if UCLA, Arizona, Texas, and USC are OK settling for NON “elite” recruits, maybe we could find some minutes for them too.

  • Ole Man

    That’s a good point. Would love to see Luke at the stretch four.

  • Arch_Puddington

    There is footage of him in the forum that would impress anyone. There’s only so much one can glean from a single video, but it is impressive enough to have sparked discussion about whether he is in fact better than Okonoboh. Not saying he is or isn’t, just saying that it’s not a crazy question. If he is anywhere near as good as the tape suggests, he and Fischer could indeed terrorize the Big Ten for 2 or 3 years.

  • SCHoosier

    This kid came out of now where. What intrigues me is that up to this year…he’s been playing quarterback on the football team (before his growth spurt) So he has to have some athleticism. When his weight work gets his body strong enuff for his size…Mr. Humprhey could be a bear of a big man. Apparently has the smarts and the shooting touch. Selling the Cody comparison should go a long way with Michael!!

  • SCHoosier

    I think its possible that PJ might be leaving..but unfortunately the draft will have nothing to do with it.

  • HoosierKen73

    I kind of thought that when I first read his coach’s comments also. But with a kid that size, you’d be surprised how many parents have that checked out. especially if he’s interested in basketball on a serious level. It would not surprise me in the least, that may be the case and the coach is just reflecting on those findings… Otherwise, he probably would not have even mention growth plates. Something like that I don’t think you just look at the guy and make that judgment. I kind of doubt that the coach would just throw that out as an off the cuff statement.

  • Knuckledrager

    If you double someones height at the age of 2 (I think it’s 2) you can get a fairly accurate estimation of their final height, within an inch one way or the other.

  • Miamihoosier

    CreamandCrimson I think you just read Cdog’s post wrong…He was referring to Vonleh going pro…what is astounding is that the link the “guest” offered below does actually have Jurkin listed as a 2015 draft prospect above Yogi!! You gotta go to that site, it will give you the best laugh you’ve had all week. In the notes for each player, it says Yogi “may be too slow” to play in the NBA…..the fact Jurkin is even listed is a solid punchline…no offense to him.

  • CreamandCrimson

    My only point was that assuming Fischer (whom we have never see play a college game) and Humphrey (whom I imagine most of us have never seen play any game period) would terrorize the Big Ten was a big leap of faith. I’m not saying they both won’t be good players and I’m not saying Humphrey can’t make big strides physically.

  • marcusgresham

    Baby face = Ongoing growth. DeAndre Thomas is going to be 7’9″ some day!

  • IUMIKE1

    Good point & intriguing question. Can still remember the days where that kind of thinking didn’t even enter the picture. Nice to have to view things like that now.

  • IUMIKE1

    Noticed that too. Guess that somewhat dates me.

  • CreamandCrimson

    7’9″….500 lbs.

  • IUMIKE1

    Oh come on now C&C, you now the Hoosier faithful have never ever gotten ahead of themselves when it comes to their expectations about incoming players.

  • IUMIKE1

    Don’t know much about it either, but do know that the growth plate thing is not something just made up. I may be wrong (it’s been more years than I like to think about since those particular visits with the kid’s doc) but I believe that there is some kind of calculation they do using the available room still left around the growth plate and then factor in the age of the person to come up with the estimated final height. My son’s pediatrician was pretty much dead on with how tall all three of my sons would end up being.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Haha…nope, never, we are always rational and realistic. Now that I think more about it….let optimism abound! Why not? No one will be able to stop the Twin Towers of Humphrey and Fischer!

  • IUMIKE1

    When a kid has an unusually big growth spurt in a short amount of time it isn’t abnormal for the pediatrician to have the growth plates examined as a precaution, or that’s what a friend of mine, who’s son had one, told me.

  • IUMIKE1

    Think the probability of that happening seems to be increasing rather rapidly and through no fault of his own. Between the suspension & the string of injuries, this kid seems to have had a pretty unfair hand dealt to him. Feel like he could have been a player that would’ve been able to help us at his position. Here’s to hoping all those bad vibes are wrong and he turns out to resemble the player a lot of us thought he could be.

  • IUMIKE1

    LOL

  • IUMIKE1

    Crean may have decided that he has a reason to procure some more of those same polishing rags he ordered when VO signed, they sure worked good for him.

  • plane1972

    ‘Nique, Doc, Spud, Tree, and the rest were fun to watch.

  • Ole Man

    Thanks for that info. Have no clue myself. My mind was just as blown as HoosierTrav when I first heard it.

  • IUMIKE1

    Now you’ve really dated me, I recognized all of those right off the bat. I guess the, glass half full thing, is that I still remembered them. lol