Can Ben Humrichous compete with Jake Davis as the Illini’s next Sha?

Can Ben Humrichous compete with Jake Davis as the Illini’s next Sha?

Illini forward Ben Humrichous offers much more than just size.

Standing at 2.06 m tall and weighing 100 kg, he can throw from many places on the field.

He comes to the Illini after two stints at Huntington University in Indiana of the NAIA and in Evansville.

“Ben is a guy who shoots well and has great space,” said head coach Brad Underwood. “He has more game than we maybe thought.”

In three seasons at Huntington University, Humrichous led the Foresters to two consecutive NAIA tournaments. In his final two years, he averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and made 114 3-pointers.

But in Evansville he flourished.

Last year, Humrichous started all 24 games and led the Purple Aces with 14.7 points per game and was second in rebounding (4.7).

Perhaps his most notable numbers came from beyond the three-point line. He finished the game with a team-high 53 three-pointers and a shooting percentage of 41.4 percent.

With his dual threat capabilities, he gives the Illini scoring opportunities from both the inside and outside. Combining him with transfer guard Jake Davis gives them two new, capable shooters.

Both should compete for playing time.

“He has incredible range,” Underwood said of Humrichous. “I think the one thing that always pays off, no matter what level you’re at, is shooting. He does that at an extremely high level. I think he’s one of the most outstanding shooters I’ve coached, maybe the best I’ve seen in my time here.”

Zachary Draves is an IlliniNow staff writer. You can reach him at [email protected] and on Instagram at @zdraves0633.