Pro Profiles: Lee Humphrey, Florida Gators Men’s Basketball, 2003-07

Often we forget to follow the professional careers of the Florida Gators who no longer wear the orange and blue. They become faint shadows in the back of our minds, but sometimes we just need to be reminded about the things that made them great and where they ended up professionally in life, whether it be in sports or a different career. That’s what Hail Florida Hail’s new series, Pro Profiles, is for–to educate the common Gator fan on the post-Gator life of Florida’s former greats.

February 23, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; NBA Development League guard Lee Humphrey (right) works out with kids during the All-Star jam session at the Orange County Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Who better to start with than yours truly’s favorite Gator of all-time, Lee Humphrey. Humphrey, a key contributor and starter on the 2006 and 2007 championship squads, was deadly from behind the arc. And I mean deadly. He has the most 3-pointers of any Gator, shooting 43 percent in his career. Yet Humphrey was even more potent during the postseason with 46 percent behind the arc, becoming the all-time NCAA Tournament 3-point leader in 2007.

Among the 288 3-point field goals Humphrey swished in, his dismantling of the net against Oregon in the 2007 NCAA Tournament stands out in particular. Yes, Humphrey ripped the net, causing a major delay in the ball game and leaving me both annoyed by the delay and awed by the sharp-shooter. That solidified Humphrey as my favorite Gator player of all time, any sport.

Humphrey had active participation in university activities throughout his years at Florida in addition to his contributions to the team. He served as the President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was an Academic All-American at Florida. He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology.

After his Gator career, Humphrey went undrafted in 2007 and later joined the Washington Wizards to play in the Summer League. He was cut, then spent three years bouncing around European leagues in Greece, Poland and Germany. Currently, Humphrey plays for the Rio-Grande Valley Vipers, an NBA Development League team. Humphrey still has the touch and is shooting 44 percent from behind the arc this season.

I’m hoping eventually Humphrey can make it to the NBA and someday there can be a reunion of the former Gators. Of course, we’d need a Taurean Green sighting as well.

Lee Humphrey was truly a great player and a joy to watch. We hope his development continues and he gets even further professionally.

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