Humphrey surprised by SEC honor

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Just nine years removed from his college career and one year removed from his pro career, former Florida guard Lee Humphrey wasn’t expecting this kind of honor this quickly.

But late last week, Humphrey was named Florida’s representative for this year’s SEC Legends of Basketball Class. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Maryville, Tenn., arguably UF’s best pure shooter in school history, was a key cog in Florida’s back-to-back national title teams in 2006 and 2007. He still holds the record for most 3-pointers made in the NCAA Tournament with 47. He’ll be recognized next month at the SEC Tournament in Nahsville, Tenn., when Florida plays.

“Highly unexpected, but pleasantly surprised,” Humphrey said. “I’m looking forward to the trip.”

Humphrey’s 288 career 3-pointers at Florida ranks second all-time (behind Kenny Boynton’s 333) and his 113 3-pointers in 2005-06 and 2006-07 were the most by  a Gator player in a season before Michael Frazier II made 118 3-pointers in 2013-14.

After college, Humphrey played overseas in Poland, Germany and Lithuania and had a brief stint in the NBDL as well. He retired last season and now lives in Jacksonville, where he works in a management training program with Pontoon Solutions.

Humphrey, who will turn 32 in April, said it’s still hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Florida won the first of its two back-to-back national titles. No college basketball team has won back-to-back national championships since the Gators won it all in 2006 and 2007. The starting frontline on those UF title teams remains in the NBA, with Al Horford a four-time All-Star with the Atlanta Hawks, Joakim Noah on the Chicago Bulls and Corey Brewer on the Houston Rockets. Noah suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last month.

“I think it shows to first, how much talent we had on that team and just the closeness we had on that team that everyone wanted to stay together and give it one more run,” Humphrey said. “Fortunately, we were able to get it both years.”