Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria
Reigning NBL Rookie of the Year, Isaac Humphries, will trial with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks later this month in an attempt to secure a place at this year’s NBA Summer League.
The former Sydney Kings centre will join New Zealand’s Shea Ili and 2018 NBL Fans’ MVP Mitch Creek at a free agent mini-camp hosted by the Mavericks on June 18-19.
Humphries played 26 games for the Kings last season, averaging 6.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, shooting 58.3 percent from the field.
He made six starts and scored in double-figures seven times, producing a standout performance against Adelaide in mid-November when he poured in 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The agile seven-footer then signed a short-term deal with Serbian team FMP where he has played a limited role off the bench during FMP’s championship push.
According to his agent, Daniel Moldovan of Lighthouse Sports Management, Humphries received mini-camp invitations from multiple NBA teams following his season with the Kings.
However, with his commitments in Serbia not wrapping up until mid-June, the 20-year-old will only attend the Dallas camp.
Kings head coach Andrew Gaze told NBL Media he is excited for Humphries and enjoyed being part of his development throughout the youngster’s first professional season.
“Hopefully he gets a foot in the door,” Gaze said.
“Whether he plays next year in Europe or if he lands with an NBA program, he’s a very smart kid who we think has enormous upside and a very bright future.”
The Mavericks are renowned for the depth of their international scouting and for the second consecutive year a number of NBL players will compete for Summer League spots at the team’s free agent mini-camp.
Last year the Mavs worked out a bevy of NBL players including Rotnei Clarke, Bryce Cotton, Matt Hodgson, Majok Majok and Corey Webster, with Webster earning a spot on their Summer League roster.