DUBAI, U.A.E– High school basketball in the United States has taken a page out of the NBA and is becoming global.
The great migration of elite players for Canadians, Africans, Australians and the Caribbean island nations is changing the dynamics of youth basketball in this country and making prep schools stronger than most traditional American high schools.
The latest star to receive a student visa is Issac Humphries, a 7-0, 250-pound 16-year old junior center from Sydney, Australia, who just set a U17 World Championship tournament scoring record with 41-points on 16 of 23 shooting with 19 rebounds during a pool game against Canada at the Hamden Sports Complex here. Then, he followed that up by punctuating a 21 point performance with two huge breakaway dunks off steals in overtime as Australia rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat Spain, 80-74, in the semi-finals Humphries has decided to make the journey from the Land down Under to attend the La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. where he should become one of the top 10 players in the class of 2016.
He will be the third Australia five star front court prospect– with 6-9 senior forward Ben Simmons from Montverde, Fla. Academy and 7-0 junior Thon Maker, who was born in South Sudan but grew up in Australia before enrolling at the Carlisle, Va. School– to make this journey to the states to prepare themselves for high level college programs and eventually the NBA.