Humphries led Big Ten in scoring and rebounding

Updated: March 9, 2004, 10:03 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota forward Kris Humphries, who became the sixth player in history to lead the Big Ten in both scoring and rebounding, was named the conference's Freshman of the Year on Tuesday.

Humphries, also a first team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media, averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per conference game. Purdue's Glenn Robinson, in 1994, was the last player to lead the Big Ten in both categories.

"It's definitely an honor to be in that company," Humphries said Tuesday before practice.

Humphries also is the second Gophers player in three seasons to win the rookie award. Rick Rickert did so in 2002.

The Gophers (11-17, 3-13 Big Ten) tied for 10th place by beating Penn State last weekend. They'll face Purdue in this week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.

Asked if it was hard for him to accept the award with his team struggling, Humphries said: "It's hard because you'd rather have the team have success, but I've worked hard. This is almost like a team award, because it's a team game. If I was out there and no one's passing me the ball, I couldn't do what I've done."

Thursday's game against the Boilermakers could be Humphries' last as a Gopher. Speculation is swirling that he'll turn pro. At last Saturday's home finale, several fans chanted "One more year!" when Humphries shot free throws.

"I came out after and signed some autographs. Even little kids that can't even tie their shoes and can barely talk were like, 'Are you coming back?"'

Humphries joined Wisconsin's Devin Harris, Michigan State's Paul Davis, Deron Williams of Illinois and Jitim Young of Northwestern on the coaches' and media's first team.

Besides Humphries, the All-Freshman Team included Dion Harris and Courtney Sims of Michigan, Shannon Brown of Michigan State and Marlon Smith of Penn State.

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