BEST HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE - 2003
Being the best high school basketball player in Minnesota is somewhat akin to being the world's tallest midget. In the northland, the best athletes tend to grace the hockey rink, not the basketball court. But no one was more dominant in a single sport this year than Kris Humphries, a six-eight senior for Hopkins High School. Even though there are other hoopsters headed for Division I teams next year, Humphries, who is going to Duke, was head and shoulders above the rest. Averaging 25.5 points per game and winning honors from the Associated Press as the state's top player for the second year in a row, Humphries gained national attention by being a Naismith finalist for national player of the year and selected for the McDonald's High School All-America team. Only time will tell which kind of homegrown big man Humphries will be: another Kevin McHale or another Joel Przybilla? Either way, Humphries has secured his local legend. As his coach, Ken Novak Jr., said earlier this year, "Kris is the kind of kid you have once in a lifetime."