The nerves were starting to creep up on Isaac Humphries. The 18-year old freshman had just been told by head coach John Calipari that he was going to play some extended minutes in Saturday’s game against Florida after learning Alex Poythress experienced some pain in his right knee and was going to be held out for the day.
This uneasy feeling was new to Humphries, who said he doesn’t get nervous often. But having not played in six of Kentucky’s last eight games, the butterflies were starting to flutter inside his stomach.
“I was talking to Jonny (David) just before the game and I said, ‘Bro, I’m really nervous.’ ” Humphries said. “‘Like, I don’t know. I know I’m going to play today. I haven’t been nervous for a while.’ And he just said, ‘Turn it into motivation.’ ”