STrib: Gophers hope to end an NBA draft drought stretching to 2004 and Kris Humphries


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Nov 11, 2008
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When the Utah Jazz selected Kris Humphries with the 14th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft, the Gophers were known for being one of the Big Ten teams that consistently produced draft picks.

In those days, that happened almost annually for Minnesota.

Humphries was the sixth first-round pick in eight years for the Gophers, joining Joel Przybilla, Quincy Lewis, Sam Jacobson, Bobby Jackson and John Thomas.

No one knew that after Humphries, 15 years would pass — at least — before another Gophers player was picked.

“There should’ve been a first-round pick or at least a second-round pick since me, given Minnesota’s in the Big Ten,” said Humphries, who retired from basketball in March. “You can be talented, but a lot of things have to go right for you to get drafted.”

For Minnesota’s draft drought to end Thursday, former U standouts Amir Coffey and Jordan Murphy will need to hear one of their names called.

Go Gophers!!
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