Notes: A top 10 ranked player out of high school that flirted with declaring for the NBA draft last year. He backed out of a commitment to Duke to play at Minnesota. The decision was a good one. Humphries huge season enabled him to declare for the draft after one year. Has declared and hired an agent, Dan Fegan.
|Minnesota freshman Kris Humphries has declared for the NBA draft. Is he a slam dunk as a first-rounder?|
Upside:Humphries put up enormous numbers this season for Minnesota. He has a nice blend of athleticism, strength in the paint, quickness and a soft touch from the perimeter. He's an above-average rebounder and a good defender. He's basically a double-double waiting to happen every night. He's already got an NBA body and projects to be a prototypical NBA power forward
Downside: Is he really big enough to play the four. While Humprhies has the strength, scouts fear that he's closer to 6-7 or 6-8. Scouts have a few attitude questions about Humphries and claim that he's got a "little league" dad micromanaging his career. That can never be a good thing. Several teams don't like to work with Fegan, so that could be an issue down the road as well.
Insider Projection: His quick feet and emerging jump shot suggest Humphries also will be comfortable at the three spot, when needed. The fact Gophers coach Dan Monson compares him to a young Karl Malone certainly isn't hurting his prospects. Right now scouts see him as a mid-first-round pick. Has only participated in four workouts which may explain the lack of buzz on him right now.