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Phoenix big man narrows choices to Arizona Wildcats, Stanford

2013-10-04T16:08:00Z 2013-10-04T16:17:05Z Phoenix big man narrows choices to Arizona Wildcats, StanfordBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 04, 2013 4:08 pm  • 

The Arizona Wildcats usually face Stanford more often in Pac-12 play than on the recruiting circuit. But that changed this week with Top 100 big man Michael Humphrey of Phoenix Sunnyslope.

Sunnyslope coach Ray Portella said today that Humphrey has narrowed his choices to Arizona and Stanford, while calling UCLA, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame to tell them he has trimmed his list to two schools.

Humphrey visited Stanford last month and is scheduled to visit Arizona the weekend of Oct. 19, with plans to make a decision sometime afterward.

Complicating matters somewhat is that Humphrey is also the quarterback for Sunnyslope’s undefeated football team. Portella said Humphrey has told him he’s often not getting to sleep until 1 a.m. some nights because of schoolwork, recruiting and football commitments.

“I think he’s going to wait until that (UA visit) and then decide after that,” Portella said. “He could make a decision but he’s trying to concentrate on football and being a good teammate.”

Many elite basketball prospects who begin playing football quit the sport earlier in high school to concentrate on basketball or to avoid being hurt, but Portella said that was never a consideration in part because Humphrey didn’t “blow up” as a basketball recruit until he played travel-ball for the first time last summer.

“I’m glad he’s playing” football, Portella said. “I think it’s added an element of toughness and teaches him how to grind.”

Portella said Humphrey is an excellent student who is considering Stanford in part because of academics but is also looking at UA because of its business school and the fact that UA is closer to his family.


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