BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University head men's basketball coach Matt Bowen today announced the signing of DeLaSalle High School senior Anthony Humphrey to a National Letter of Intent. Humphrey will continue his academic and athletic careers at Bemidji State beginning in the fall of 2007.
"I am excited about Anthony because he comes from one of the premier high school basketball programs in the country," commented Bowen of the 6-1 guard. "He has played for an outstanding high school coach in Dave Thorson who has prepared him for the next level of basketball."
Bowen added, "He will bring a tough defensive presence and well as overall athleticism to our roster."
Humphrey commits to play at Bemidji State after a standout career at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Minn.
During the last two seasons, Humphrey helped
the Islanders to a 41-12 overall record including a 23-5 mark
during the 2005-06 season en route to a Minnesota State High
School Championship. In 2006-07, Humphrey averaged 13 points
and six rebounds driving the team to a 18-7 overall record,
second place in the Tri-Metro Conference (14-2) before bowing
out to Benilde-St. Margaret's School in the Section 5AAA semi-finals.
Humphrey is no stranger to Bowen's staff. Assistant coach Scott Sorenson recently spent two seasons at DeLaSalle coaching under head coach Dave Thorson.
The son of Pat Humphrey and Quinten Humphrey
has also a member of Howard Pulley AAU program which has recently
produced Minnesota prep stars such as Isaiah Dahlman.
Thorson, former assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, has guided DeLaSalle to seven state tournament appearances, three state championships and 276 wins in his 13 seasons at the school.
Humphrey joins Cass Lake-Bena High School standout Brady Fairbanks, Patrick Cassidy, who recently completed his high school playing career at St. Bernard's, and Andover High School's Jimmy Johnson and Foley High School's Tyler Wruck in Bowen's first full recruiting class at BSU. All five of the incoming freshman have made their intentions to attend BSU and play for the Beavers since the NCAA's late signing period began April 11.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Beavers are coming off a season in which they were 5-23 overall and posted 5-13 record in NSIC play. Entering his second season at BSU, Bowen looks to return 10 players from his 2006-07 roster.
All signings are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Clearinghouse.