Notebook: Humphrey eyes work abroad

Published: Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 11:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 11:38 p.m.

Former Florida 3-point shooting king Lee Humphrey showed up at the O'Connell Center with a nearly-shaved head.

"It's a little more comfortable," Humphrey said.

Humphrey received a loud ovation from the crowd when he was introduced during Florida's 86-64 win Sunday over Vanderbilt.

Humphrey, who holds the Florida record (288) and NCAA Tournament record (47) for career 3-pointers, was cut from the PAOK team in Thessaloniki , Greece two days before Christmas.

"I kind of knew about it for about a month," Humphrey said. "They needed another point guard and their limit was two Americans per team. They tried to get a foreign point guard but had to pick up an American point guard."

PAOK replaced Humphrey with former Loyola (Md.) point guard Jason Rowe.

"I left the team on good terms," Humphrey said.

Humphrey is back with his family in Maryville, Tenn., and his agent, Kenny Grant, is inquiring on his behalf about other playing opportunities overseas.

"We've been talking to a lot of teams," Humphrey said. "It's going to be hard, though, because it's the middle of the season."

Humphrey said he enjoyed his experience in Greece. He got to see Mount Olympus and some of the ruins during a trip to Athens. Humphrey had to get a wall unit for air conditioning and heating because the condominium he stayed at didn't have central air conditioning.

"Sometimes it was too hot, sometimes it was too cold," Humphrey said.

The 6-foot-2 Humphrey said he felt he adapted well to play overseas, "It was a little more physical," Humphrey said. "The shot clock (24 seconds instead of 35 seconds in college) makes a big difference."

Humphrey said he will likely be at Florida's game Feb. 5 at Tennessee, unless he finds another job overseas. Maryville is a suburb about 20 miles east of Knoxville, Tenn.

Bench spark

Florida again got strong production from its bench Sunday against Vanderbilt. Freshman forward Chandler Parsons had a solid overall game with four points, five rebounds and two assists, including a thunderous two-handed dunk early in the second half.

"(Vanderbilt senior forward Shan) Foster overplayed me," Parsons said. "He pressured the ball and I just made a strong move to the basket.

"I'm a Matt Herring project," Parsons added, referring to Florida's basketball strength and conditioning coach. "I couldn't have made that dunk last year in high school."

Alex Tyus finished with six points and two rebounds in 14 minutes, spelling sophomore center Marreese Speights when Speights was in foul trouble. And sophomore Jonathan Mitchell had a solid game off the bench with five points, four rebounds and a steal.

Freshman guard/forward Adam Allen didn't check in until the closing seconds with the walk-ons, but Florida coach Billy Donovan said the decision didn't have to do with an injury or a disciplinary situation.

"Chandler and Jonathan were playing well for us," Donovan said.


Florida hasn't lost at home to Vanderbilt since a 63-61 defeat on Jan. 20, 2001, a span of more than seven years. ... Junior guard Walter Hodge's 19 points were a career-high, surpassing his previous career high of 18 points against Savannah State on Jan. 18, 2006. ... The Gators out-rebounded Vanderbilt 39-31 for their largest margin (plus-eight) against an SEC team this season.

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