Isaac Humphries is a big man with a future from Australia, but he’s not yet Ben Simmons, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 from Montverde (Fla.) Academy also by way of Australia.
Still, Humphries is a 7-footer and played well in the U17 World Championships last summer, so even before playing his first game with No. 7 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) on Sunday, he already had his share of major offers, including Kansas, Arizona, Michigan State, Utah, California, Duke, Florida, UCLA, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico and Oregon.
La Lumiere (10-0) defeated the Danube City Timberwolves of Vienna, Austria, 61-46 in the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., in a Signature Series semifinal. It was the first game for both teams in this tournament. The final is Tuesday.
Humphries struggled in the first half, managing only two points with two fouls, but came alive a bit in the second half, scoring eight points, including a nice three-point play off a reverse layup. He finished 4-for-6 from the field, 2-for-4 from the line with four rebounds before fouling out.
“He’s only been with us a week, so it’s been a feeling-out process for everybody,” coach Shane Heirman said. “It kind of showed with our tentative attitude out there tonight. It will be a process but we’ll get there.”
Humphries said part of the problem is his new teammates aren’t used to giving him the ball yet.
“The whole game it felt really awkward,” Humphries said. “They finally realized that passing it inside wasn’t a bad thing. I think it will take a while to recognize that passing inside is a good thing. I wasn’t getting enough touches to get much of a feel.”
Though Simmons is the best known current big man from Australia, Humphries has never met Simmons and has yet to play against him. Montverde all is at the City of Palms.
“I saw him from the distance yesterday, but I didn’t get a chance to say hi,” Humphries said.
Illinois recruit Jalen Coleman-Lands led the Lakers with 16 points, making four of 11 three-pointers.
“The efficiency and level of which he works allows him to have the green light,” Heirman said. “His range is unlimited and he’s worked at that level and puts in more time than anybody, so he’s earned that green light.”