Scout's take: Stanford lands big man 

October, 31, 2013
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Stanford earned an important commitment Wednesday night, adding 6-foot-10 Michael Humphrey, who emerged as one of the West Coast’s biggest risers during the recent AAU and grassroots season.

Why he committed: Humphrey is an outstanding student, and academics played a big part in his recruitment throughout the process. Ultimately, it proved to be one of the deciding factors as he picked Stanford over Arizona, having previously eliminated UCLA, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame from his final five. The opportunity for an immediate opportunity also played a role, as there’s little doubt he’ll challenge for consistent rotation minutes as a freshman.

Michael Humphrey
Joel Francisco/ESPNMichael Humphrey is a skilled big man who should pay immediate dividends on the defensive end.
What he brings: He’s a late-blooming big man who hadn’t made a name for himself before this spring. He sprouted up physically during his junior year and is consequently still growing into his body, and potentially still growing period. He already has good mobility and agility for a player his size, along with an excellent motor. His most immediate contributions will be on the defensive end, where his feet and timing will allow him to be valuable blocking shots and defending pick-and-rolls.

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