Posted On: 09/30/18 12:38 PM

One of the events biggest stock risers, Junction City guard Qua’Vez Humphreys showed off an all-around game and explosive athleticism at the Prep Hoops 250 Expo at Blue Valley West.

A 6’2 rising junior, Humphreys is a defensive minded player who is a slasher on offense, but also skilled enough to handle the ball and step out and shoot from the perimeter. He is terrific and getting his teammates involved and takes pride in defending the opposing team’s best player.

Humphreys spent the offseason competing for SSA Elite 16U squad and says he was able to compete against other standouts from across the country.

“Having the opportunity to play with SSA this summer was great because it allowed me to play against some tough competition,” he says. “We did a ton of stuff with our high school team so it allowed me to keep getting reps against good players. This will only help my game and our team get better.”

Humphreys has spent the offseason working on his outside shot and becoming more consistent from beyond the arc.

He says the biggest influence on his basketball career to date has been his mother.

“She has always been there for me from little tikes hoops til now,” he says. “Being a single parent she always makes time for me to improve my game whether it’s rebounding while I’m shooting or critiquing after games. She really stays on top of my grades and makes me strive for excellence.”

A fan of Carmelo Anthony, Humphreys says he tries to take various aspects of the NBA stars game and make them his own.

“He was able to come in to the league and do some tough things offensively,” Humphreys said. “He could shoot it from deep, post you up, and get to the basket. My coach says I remind  him of Glenn Robinson III because he is an athletic slasher who can get to the rim but still knock down the corner three. Also, he had some nice dunks at Michigan and coach says that’s going to be me this year.”

Humphreys says he has heard from a handful of Division II and junior college programs, but is focused on the upcoming season for now.

“I really just want to focus on my junior year and helping my team win and everyone stay healthy so we can be successful this year,” he says.