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Basketball player Isaac Humphries has the world at his feet

16-year-old basketballer Isaac Humphries is 2.13m tall and has legs the length of 6 basketballs in a line. Isaac is at the AIS as part of an Australian development camp and has moved to Canberra from Sydney as part of the Basketball Australia centre of excellence.

16-year-old basketballer Isaac Humphries is 2.13m tall and has legs the length of 6 basketballs in a line. Isaac is at the AIS as part of an Australian development camp and has moved to Canberra from Sydney as part of the Basketball Australia centre of excellence. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Ducking under corridors, buying clothes on the internet and searching car yards for a vehicle big enough to fit a 2.13-metre teenager.

Welcome to the world of 16-year-old rising basketball star Isaac Humphries.

Already standing seven feet in the old language, the under-17 Australian squad member hopes to grow another five or 10 centimetres during his two-year stint at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence at the AIS.

Humphries is easy to spot in his new surrounds having relocated to Canberra from his home in Sydney's Sutherland Shire. But being so tall has its challenges off the court.

He buys most of his clothes and shoes on the internet or in the US to fit his size-16 feet, he doesn't fit in a regulation-size bed and he requests an exit row whenever he's on a plane, although he's too young to sit there on domestic flights.

The learner driver also struggled to find a car big enough, but knows the positives outweigh the negatives.

''I have to duck through every door, I don't mind having my feet off the end of the bed and desks suck - I cut my leg on a desk because my knees are too big,'' Humphries said.

''I went through a stage where I hated it because everyone stares and comments, but you get used to it. My height is a good thing, but it's taken me a while to figure that out.''

To put Humphries' towering height into perspective, he is already on an equal footing with Australian NBA star Andrew Bogut and just five centimetres shorter than our most accomplished overseas player, Luc Longley.

Humphries worked with the three-time NBA championship winner, who was the starting centre for the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the mid 1990s, during a camp with the Australian Boomers last year in a sign of his immense potential.

Not bad for a kid who only took up the game four years ago when he returned from living in Canada for six months, after having had a growth spurt.

Humphries will continue to attend prestigious Sydney school The Scots College by correspondence before hopefully earning a college basketball scholarship in the US.

''The NBA is definitely something I aspire to, but I've got to work hard to get there,'' he said.

''For now, I'm going to focus on college and then I'll see what happens.''

Humphries admits he's far from the complete package.

While he averaged 20.4 points (third overall) and 12.4 rebounds (fourth overall) per game at last year's under-16 Australian Junior Championships, he wants to work on his shooting technique and the mental side of the game.

He also wants to bulk up his frame to become more dominant on the defensive end in the mould of Golden State Warriors star Bogut.

''You can never be too big as a post player,'' Humphries said.

''There's a lot I still need to work on and here at the AIS is the perfect place to do that.''

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