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Minnesota prep to visit

April 17, 2002

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Kris Humphries, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound junior forward from Hopkins High in Minnetonka, Minn., will make a recruiting trip to Kansas this weekend.

Humphries just might be in town Friday in time for Drew Gooden's "I'm Leaving" or "I'm Staying" press conference at 4 p.m. at Hadl Auditorium.

Gooden's NBA-vs.-college media session would definitely be of interest to Humphries, who recently told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune he wants to "go to a winning program and play for a coach who can get me to the next level."

The 6-foot-10 Gooden, who is considered a top-five pick in the 2002 Draft, obviously has been able to develop NBA skills in his three years at Kansas.

Humphries, who averaged 28 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three steals per game his junior season, is also considering Duke, Minnesota, Florida, Arizona, Michigan State, Texas, Louisville and Kentucky.

Minnesota is believed to be the favorite, partly because his dad, William, is a former Gopher football standout.

"I chose to go there (Minnesota). That's my loyalty," William Humphries told the Star-Tribune. "My wife (former UM collegiate rower) and I will advise Kris, but it's his decision."

Kris Humphries will not make any hasty decision. He and his papa watched more than 60 games on the satellite during the regular season and read a lot about college programs.

"Somebody asked in the beginning of the process if we knew what would be a good school for Kris," William Humphries said. "We said the schools will eliminate themselves."

Humphries is considered an athletic wing player. He hit 51.9 percent of his shots and 69 percent of his free throws last season. He is a 41-percent three-point shooter.

"Kris does so many things and does them so well," Hopkins High coach Kenny Novak said. "He plays small forward and power forward for us but is more a perimeter player. He goes inside and we post him up, then he goes outside. We run a lot of motion and that allows him to do a lot of things.

"As a sophomore Kris was starting to show what he can do when he broke his thumb. He only played nine games (averaging 18 points and seven boards). He was somewhat limited in that he did the same things he does now, but he didn't do them as well.

"He shines as an all-around player. He has more of a point-guard mentality," the coach continued. "He could easily play 2-guard for us. Not many 6-8 kids in high school or college make the decisions he makes. That's why all these colleges are interested in him."

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