The month of July has been a complete whirlwind and life-changing experience for Sunnsylope High School's 6-foot-10 senior post Michael Humphrey.
Since leaving the annual Reebok Breakout Camp in Philly, Humphrey has seen his college recruitment soar with numerous high-major division-I offers. Humphrey earned more than 20 different division-I offers from high major college programs in the month of July.
Humphrey would receive scholarship offers from such schools as UCLA, Arizona, Indiana,Texas, Cal, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Nebraska, Washington State, Vanderbilt, Oregon, USC, Gonzaga, Tulsa, San Diego, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount, PENN, Utah State, Grand Canyon, Nevada, Northern Arizona University, Columbia and Weber State during the month of July and after the Reebok camp. He is also still receiving strong interest from many other schools, such as Duke, Stanford and Notre Dame.
This past weekend, while his club team, the Arizona Magic Elite, competed in Vegas in the Fab 48 event, Humphrey would receive another scholarship offer from the 2013 NCAA National Champion University of Louisville.
Humphrey's games with the Magic program during the month of July were a circus as more than a hundred college coaches attended his games. What was most impressive, was that head coaches from numerous college programs were in attendance. Such head coaches as Sean Miller (Arizona), Steve Alford (UCLA), Tom Crean (Indiana), John Calipari (Kentucky), Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt), Herb Sendek (Arizona State), John Thompson (Georgetown), Tony Bennett (Virginia), Johnny Dawkins (Stanford), Dana Altman (Oregon), Brian Gregory (Georgia Tech), Dan Majerle (Grand Canyon), Jack Murphy (Northern Arizona), and many others were in attendance for Humphrey's games.
Humphrey missed the spring evaluation period as a result of an injury to his thumb, but he returned in super fine fashion for his first event of the 2013 off-season – the Pangos All-American Camp held at Cabrillo High School in Los Angeles, CA. In the event, Humphrey would have a coming-out-party, as he would gain serious national attention for his play in the camp. As a result, Humphrey would receive the vote as the camp’s Sleeper of the Event.
In both the Reebok and Pangos camps, Humphrey would block shots, score the basketball in the paint and from the perimeter, run the floor, rebound hard and finish strong around the rim – showcasing his versatility and productive ability to get a lot done.
Humphrey was previously selected as our 2013 Arizona Preps Most Improved Player of the Year. Humphrey developed into one of the state’s most gifted post prospects last season. He was also recently named by Scout Hoops.com as the hottest prospect on the West Coast.
Humphrey is also an impressive student and carries a 4.6 CUM GPA. Humphrey has never finished with less than an A grade since entering high school. An impressive student-athlete with loads of potential.
Humphrey is currently planning to take official recruiting visits in the fall, and also plans to make his college decision in the fall. He is also a two-sport athlete, and is the starting quarterback for his school's football team.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Humphrey has developed into a long, athletic and very skilled low post talent that is capable of scoring from almost anywhere on the floor. Humphrey has grown physically a full 3 inches over the past year of high school – an intriguing attribute which shows that he is still growing a great deal. His fluidity as a player is most intriguing as he is able to make plays from the post or from the wing position, and out to three-point distance. Humphrey possesses a sweet shooting stroke with a soft touch and also has nice footwork inside the painted area, where he also has a nice jump hook and gets off the floor quite easily. Humphrey dunks the basketball with ease and is able to finish strong over defenders in the paint, an aspect of his game that will only continue to strengthen for him as he adds more size and strength to his thin frame. Humphrey is also an excellent shot blocker with excellent length and very good timing. He keeps balls in play and is capable of playing much bigger than his size suggests. He also runs the floor like a guard and is a very good finisher in transition. As a member of the state’s very loaded 2014 junior class, Humphrey is one prospect that has flown well below the recruiting radar until now. Look for Humphrey to continue to develop a great deal over the next several years as he matures. Humphrey is such a great kid with an infectious smile and a humble attitude that you want him to do well. In an age where so many kids have a ridiculous sense of entitlement, Humphrey is the exception. His sheer improvement as a player has come from his hard work and dedication to the game of basketball. He does not cheat the sport with a lack of intensity and selfishness, but rather plays hard and seems to always be enjoying his craft.