Posted On: 10/8/18 12:01 PM

After a sophomore season spent settling in with Alta, junior Hunter Humphreys is ready to establish himself as one of Utah’s top playmakers.

The 5-foot-11 floor general has worked hard this past offseason to improve his already stellar skill-set, now he’s a stronger, more proficient scorer and a more refined point guard.

“I’ve improved my shot a lot, my mid-range game, and I’m attacking the basket more, which has led to more scoring,” said Humphreys. “And I’m getting a lot stronger and a lot of defense and shooting work in.”

Humphreys spent his spring and summer playing with one of the area’s best grassroots teams, Utah Basketball Club 16U.

“My role was to be the point guard and the press-breaker, and I had to create a lot for the whole team,” he said. “But I still got my shots in and ran the floor and facilitated it a lot.”

And now, he’s preparing for a junior season where he hopes to make his mark in a big way with the Hawks.

“Last year, I was more of a role player, just coming in to hustle and make plays. We had a pretty good senior class, so I had a lot of people to go to, and a lot of people to help me out and everything,” said Humphreys.

“This year, I’ll be creating a lot of offense and facilitating for a lot of people and just attack the basket and get everyone open shots. And I’ll have to be more of a leader now, because I’m one of the experienced ones.”

Over the next 12 months, he’s expecting recruitment to ramp-up.

“This last year I got colleges starting to notice, but I don’t have any really specific ones recruiting me,” said Humphreys.  “We’ve had a lot of coaches coming to our games, and I’ve gotten some letters. But I feel like this upcoming season is going to be really big for me, because I’ve grown a lot as a player.”