All-time Florida leading 3-point shooter Lee Humphrey will resume his overseas playing career when he leaves for Poland this weekend to join Energa Czarni in the Polish League.
The team is located in the northern Polish city of Slupsk, near the Baltic Sea. Humphrey will be the second American on the team, joining former UCLA guard Cedric Bozeman.
Humphrey has spent the last month-and-a-half in his native Maryville, Tenn. When I called him Thursday night, Humphrey was getting a final workout in at the same middle school gym where he learned to shoot as a third-grader.
“I’m just excited to get a chance to go back and play again,” said Humphrey, who was cut from a team in Greece two days before Christmas. “I didn’t know if I was going to get the opportunity to go back this year.”
Humphrey’s contract runs through May 24 and he expects he’ll remain with the team through the spring.
“This is the longest I’ve been home since high school,” Humphrey said. “It’s been nice to see family and friends. The main challenge has been staying in shape. I’ve been working on my own to try to stay ready.”
Humphrey holds the Florida record for 3-pointers made with 288. The 6-foot-2 guard also holds the NCAA Tournament record for 3-pointers, making 47 during his four-year career.
Humphrey said he didn’t think there was a limit of the number of Americans allowed on the roster, like there was in Greece.
“I don’t know a whole lot about the team at this point,” Humphrey said. “It’s a bit of a roll of the dice, but I think there’s a good chance I’ll be there through the end of my contract.”