After Michael Humphrey called me back Tuesday after repeated attempts to reach him, he apologized for not doing so earlier and thanked me for contacting him at the end of the interview.
That rarely happens anymore with elite recruits. Usually it's an upset if you can get them on the phone, period.
But Humphrey didn’t have to deal with the onslaught of major recruiting attention until this summer, when he played well for the Arizona Magic, plus he's smart and also obviously polite.
Now he’ll have to be a little selfish. Humphrey says he’s “in love” with both Arizona and Stanford, his final two choices, and he’s likely to zero in on a decision sometime after he visits UA officially this weekend.
Humphrey is a good student who was initially attracted to Stanford’s academics but says he believes UA has a lot to offer in the classroom as well.
“They’re both great opportunities,” he said. “U of A is a wonderful academic school as well. They’re both great schools."
Jerry Meyer, a Tennessee-based analyst at 247 Sports, said he believes it will be a close race between the two schools (his site’s crystal ball is trending toward Stanford).
Nick Johnson is scheduled to join Sean Miller for the Pac-12 media day Thursday in San Francisco. The Pac-12 will carry a stream of the podium remarks from players and coaches; Miller is scheduled to be on the Pac-12 Networks at 10:20 a.m. and on Pac-12.com at 11:50.
Jon Gold and I will be there, so we'll throw an onslaught of news, tweets and blog posts at you...
The Nuggets have waived Kyle Fogg, an invitee to their camp.
Jesse Perry has landed in Lithuania.
Stanley Johnson's next stop is Lexington, Ky.