Kentucky's Humphries to turn pro

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Sophomore forward Isaac Humphries is turning professional. Humphries will pursue options in the NBA and internationally.

Humphries plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his collegiate eligibility at Kentucky.

Humphries is the fifth underclassman from the 2016-17 Wildcats to announce intentions of turning pro. Guards Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk have declared for the draft and either signed with an agent already or plan to. Freshman forward Bam Adebayo declared for the draft but will not hire an agent at this time, opening up the possibility of a return.

The 7-footer from Sydney played a key role off the bench in each of Kentucky’s last two Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships. Humphries averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor during his sophomore season.

Humphries made the most of his opportunities when he got them, most notably in last month’s Elite Eight matchup vs. North Carolina. Playing in a season-high 21 minutes, Humphries scored a career-high 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He scored eight points during a 10-2 UK run that gave the Wildcats a 64-59 lead with 5:10 to play.

Other notable performances included a nine-point, nine rebound game in 11 minutes vs. Cleveland State and nine points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals vs. Stephen F. Austin. UK was 24-1 this season when Humphries scored.

A late summer addition to the 2015-16 roster, Humphries earned valuable minutes late in the year, breaking out with a six-point, 12-rebound game at Texas A&M.