Kris Humphries' senior year of high school was a long time ago, but apparently, he was quite the "jerk"!
While in the process of being recruited by college basketball teams, he visited the University of Kansas as a hot prospect for their team, the Jayhawks.
The coach at the time, Roy Williams, may have been "really impressed with [Kris]", but the rest of the team wasn't!
Former Jayhawk's guard Keith Langford calls Kris "an absolute jerk" in Beyond the Phog: Untold Stories from Kansas Basketball's Most Dominant Decade, explaining:
"He really wanted to come here. But no one on the team liked Kris Humphries. He was arrogant. He told everyone he was going to come in and be the leading scorer as a freshman and that we'd all have to take a backseat to him."
Langford writes that his bad attitude cost him a spot on the team. Even though the prospect "was a big deal" and the coach "wanted him to commit on his visit", Roy Williams listened to his players. Langford recalled in the memoir:
"We told him, 'Coach, you can't bring this guy in. You'd figure Roy would say something like, 'Let's work on him,' or 'Let's give him another chance.' Instead he told Humphries, 'Sorry, you can't come.'"
We're sure that was a big blow to Humphries ego, but hopefully he learned from the experience.
He went on to play for the University of Minnesota and then got himself into the NBA, so in his defense, he must have been doing something right.
Everyone makes mistakes! Don't waste time dwelling on the past and keep your head up, Kris!
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