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Melbourne United sign Isaac Humphries

22 Jul
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Written by Melbourne United Media

 Melbourne United is thrilled to announce the signing of former NBA big man and NBL Rookie of the Year, Isaac Humphries, for the NBL23 season.

After two years spent battling injuries with the Adelaide 36ers, Humphries is now in the best shape of his career, and is literally flipping with excitement at the prospects of returning to the hardwood.

Speaking to MU Media, Humphries said he couldn’t be more excited to join his new teammates in Melbourne and get to work preparing for NBL23.

“When the talks started to potentially join United I was over the moon because their reputation speaks for itself. The coaching staff, the players, the organisation, the fans, the city, everything sort of speaks for itself.

“I’m healthy and ready to play. There’s no reason fans can’t expect really strong basketball from me. I think everybody is going to see when I hit the court that my game has evolved and improved.

“I want to come out and prove a lot this year after the past couple of seasons, so to know I’ll have the support from the fans means a lot.”

Hailing from New South Wales, Isaac had a stellar junior basketball career that eventually landed him at the University of Kentucky, one of the USA’s most renowned basketball colleges.

Following two years with the Kentucky Wildcats, Humphries turned pro, playing with the Sydney Kings before making his way back to America, where he would enjoy stints with the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic in the NBA.

The big man has showcased his skill prior to his past injury woes, looking like an MVP candidate over his first 11 games of the NBL21 season, averaging 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game.

An elite post player and shot blocker, Humphries will help United anchor their ever elite defence, while providing a go-to scoring option inside the arc.

Speaking after the signing, Head Coach Dean Vickerman says the 210cm giant will go a long way in helping Melbourne contend for another NBL Championship.

“Isaac is a great player who we know can have a huge impact on the game at both ends of the floor." Vickerman said. 

“He is someone that can score around the hoop well, and whose defensive IQ will mesh perfectly with what we want to do at United.

“After spending some time with him in America, we’re confident that we’re bringing in the best, most healthy version of Isaac that the league has ever seen.”

The only way to guarantee you’ll have a seat to see Isaac Humphries for every game at John Cain Arena is to UNITE and become a Melbourne United Member today.

With the hype beginning to build for the upcoming season, Melbourne United Memberships are selling fast, with some categories already sold out.

Melbourne United Memberships are the best and most affordable way for fans to watch the NBL and be part of their favourite club, so now is the TIME TO UNITE!


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