Hales grad Humphrey goes national
Outstanding shooter aims to make U.S. team
By Barry Temkin - Chicago Tribune
Matt Humphrey has not set foot outside the United States, but he is in our nation's capital this week, passport in hand, hoping to plug that hole in his résumé. The 6-foot-5-inch Hales Franciscan graduate is among the 20 members of the high school classes of 2008 or 2009 participating in the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Trials, which started Tuesday and end Thursday at the Verizon Center in Washington. Only 12 will compete for the U.S. in the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 14-18 in Argentina.
"I just think it's a great opportunity," Humphrey said by phone Tuesday after his first practice. "I mean how many guys get selected to play for the USA national team, no matter what age group?" The 20 players, who must be born on or after Jan. 1, 1990, were selected by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. According to a USA Basketball spokesperson, four to six of them likely will be cut by Friday. The rest will enter the team's training camp, with the final cut coming by next Tuesday. Humphrey, an excellent outside shooter who already is taking classes at Oregon, is not among the most highly rated players at the trials but feels confident of making the team and hopes that would raise his national profile. "I think so," the Tribune All-State special mention selection said when asked if he believes he is underrated. "Some people know me, but a lot of people don't."