14/04/2024
Adelaide 36ers star Isaac Humphries has re-signed with the club. Picture: Adelaide 36ers media

Adelaide 36ers star Isaac Humphries has re-signed with the club. Picture: Adelaide 36ers media

Adelaide 36ers owner Grant Kelley has hailed towering centre Isaac Humphries as ‘exactly what the club needs’ as he extended until the end of NBL27.

In a stark contrast to last off-season when the 36ers lost stars such as Antonius Cleveland, the finals-starved side has retained two of its top end talent.

Last month, Humphries was named as the club’s MVP, claiming the coveted Mark Davis Trophy.

“He is an impressive, multi-talented young man whose skill, character and tenacity are exactly what the club needs as we build toward success,” Kelley said.

Humphries re-joined the 36ers from Melbourne United at the end of NBL23, and said he’s eager to build on the form that turned the club from wooden spoon certainties to finals contenders.

“I decided to come back to Adelaide to build on what we have been doing in the back half of the season,” Humphries said.

“I had several clubs show interest, which I’m very appreciative of, but ultimately, I’m very happy here in Adelaide.

“I love it here and I just hope we can now figure out the right pieces to put something special together.

“I feel at home in Adelaide, we started to feel pretty good towards the end of the season and now we need to find some good people who can contribute to our team and our community.”

Newly-appointed coach Scott Ninnis had made re-signing Humphries a priority and he’s got his wish.

“To have Isaac locked in is a great result for our club, it’s very exciting,” Ninnis said.

“I made it clear from the moment I signed on as head coach I wanted Isaac, and for him to commit to the club for the next three years is fantastic.”

While Ninnis took charge, Humphries became a focal point of the offence, and averaged 18 points and 7.7 rebounds a game.

The move is also set to please marquee re-signing Dejan Vasiljevic, who many times spoke of the importance of retaining that key core group.

“You need to keep that core group together. If we could lock away Trey (Kell) and Isaac, you’ve got myself, and the coaching staff,” he said late last season.

The 36ers have Humphries, Vasiljevic, Nick Marshall, Jason Cadee and Sunday Dech contracted for NBL25.

Humphries’ announcement also came as the 36ers extended their sponsorship agreement with Walker Corporation for NBL25.

“Walker Corporation is one of the most respected, successful businesses in Australia over many many decades,” Kelley said.

“We are proud to be partnering with such an iconic Australian company as we grow the Adelaide 36ers brand nationally and internationally.”

Walker boss David Gallant said the partnership has been a ‘great success’ so far.

“Our partnership with the Adelaide 36ers has been a great success to connect with South Australian families who share our vision for a growing and thriving city surrounded by quality new neighbourhoods like Riverlea,” Gallant said.

“The Walker and 36ers teams have worked together to establish a great relationship united by our shared values of sportsmanship and building strong communities.”

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