By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky sophomore Isaac Humphries is the first to admit that he tends to analyze things way too much. Always has, probably always will.
Humphries got the message that he had to get quicker and become more of an offensive threat to get on the court more this year. To do that, he went to work losing weight to increase his quickness and it seems to have worked.
He says he was not under a “strict diet” but ate less carbs and more vegetables.
“I just had to eat right,” Humphries said. “I drank low calorie Gatorade. Instead of chocolate milk, I found healthier options.
“I like broccoli. I like the taste. It’s healthy and one of the things I really like and eat a lot of. I am a pretty weird person I guess.”
He sayshe has no ore “dead weight” on his body and is still adjusting to being quicker. He went home to Australia for four weeks during the summer and spent a lot of time hiking to hep his endurance.
He said he gained a clearer understanding of his purpose while spending time back home that re-energized him when he got back to UK.
“I want people to stop saying I am just a backup player and bench player,” Humphries said.
Kentucky coach John Calipari likes what he has seen from Humphries.
“Really intelligent player, intelligent person. He’s not saying a whole lot right now. We need him to talk more, but the thing that he’s becoming is he’s becoming a confident – he’s a little more self-assured,” Calipari said.
“And I can’t help you with that. He’s got to build confidence where his teammates want to throw him the ball. He’s doing that himself, and that’s why you look at him out there and you say, ‘Wow.’”