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Isaac Humphries would like to play in the NBA just like former UK teammates De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo will be next year.

For Humphries, though, that’s not a given and many were still surprised that he decided to leave UK after his sophomore season to pursue a professional career. But for him, playing professionally back home in Australia is a viable option.

“It’s an up-and-coming league in the world. There’s good opportunities for Australian college players to go home and play,” Humphries said. “Knowing that our league is getting better is a bonus as well. I’m going to explore the NBA and any other option that I have.”

The 7-0 Humphries played sparingly during his two years at UK but turned heads with 12 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes against North Carolina in his final game.

He could play in Europe because he’s more than used to being a long way from home after spending the last four years in the United States and seldom seeing his family. He said UK fans welcomed him in a way that made being away from his home in Sydney a lot easier.

He also appreciates what coach John Calipari did for him, including his decision to leave UK early.

“He made it clear any decision I made was okay with him and he would be happy for me,” Humphries said. “He was nothing but positive and helpful the whole time I was at Kentucky and still is doing all he can for me.”

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