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Australian big man on the radar for Wichita State

The goal, usually, is not write something that produces more questions than answers.

When it comes to recruiting, however, sometimes that goal is secondary.

Which brings us to center Isaac Humphries, a 7-footer at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. Humphries, from Australia, recently visited Wichita State and Rivals.com ranks him a four-star prospect and No. 28 nationally in the class of 2016.

I’ve been besieged by e-mails and calls asking about Humphries and the possibility of him reclassifying to the class of 2015. Reclassifying is a complicated subject, especially for an international student. So if Humphries is trying to reclassify, it is the kind of move people close to him might want to keep quiet, in case it doesn’t work out.

Shane Heirman, coach at La Lumiere, said Humphries is not going to reclassify.

“No,” Heirman responded when asked about the possibility.

Associate head coach Brad Johnstin, who has many ties to Australian basketball and helped bring Humphries to the school, hasn’t responded to several interview requests.

So, we’ll see where this goes. Humphries appears to be the level of talent that the Shockers will thrilled to grab on any timetable.

“He’s a true 7-foot kid,” Heirman said. “He’s got unbelievable hands, unbelievable feet. He’s your true, prototypical five-man.”

Eric Bossi of Rivals.com considers Humphries the rarest kind of big man, the kind who isn’t secretly harboring a desire to play shooting guard.

“He’s a big, skilled, low-post player,” Bossi said. “He can make some jumpers, but he does his damage in the lane.”

WSU will face top competition to land Humphries, whenever he decides to leave high school. Schools such as Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Arizona are associated with Humphries, as well as New Mexico (which has a long history of landing Aussies) and Oregon.

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