A year later, he was ready for larger role, but missed 12 games with a knee injury and only barely added to his minutes, points and rebounds per game. He left for the Eagles in the offseason and sat out before taking on the role at BC that Huggins prefers.
Humphrey started 29 games, led the team in minutes (30.3) and steals (34), was second in scoring (10.3) and 3-point baskets (55) and third in assists (50).
"If I do what I'm supposed to do, regardless whether it works to our phenomenal favor or not, we'll still be all right, I think," he said. "I'm just one of those guys who's going to be all right."
The Mountaineers need that, especially in the backcourt. Humphrey watched games last year and saw WVU lose to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament. Once he got the call from the Mountaineers after he was released from his scholarship at Boston College, he remembered the roster and how so many freshmen had so many learning experiences.
"I remember how I was when I was a freshman, so I can imagine how they were feeling, and I had a much bigger role than most of those guys did my freshman year," Humphrey said. "I can definitely understand the frustrations I had. That's a lot of the reason I think I'm here."
The Mountaineers played two freshmen in the backcourt together a lot last season and could have four freshmen on the floor at once. There were occasions they behaved like a young team in a physical conference and Huggins would criticize attitude and competitiveness.
All of those players are older by a year and by the addition of Humphrey.
"We won't be getting bullied, I know that," he said. "In college basketball, I definitely believe you need tough guards to win. If bigs can't get the ball, they're not rebounding, blocking shots, playing defense. They're not effective. It's hard for bigs to run up and down the court. Guards run the team. Guards run the show."
Humphrey had five points, four rebounds and three steals last week against Gonzaga, but he was 2-for-8 from the floor and 1-for-7 from 3-point range. The Mountaineers have a chance to see the Bulldogs again this Sunday, either in the championship game or in a consolation game.
The field also includes Big 12 foe Oklahoma, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Davidson and UTEP. WVU plays either Dayton or Vanderbilt on Friday, depending on the outcome against the Red Foxes (1-2).
"They play hard," Huggins said. "They try to spread try to spread you. They're like everyone else. When they make shots, they're very dangerous. When the shots don't go in, they struggle. They're considerably smaller than we are, so they're going to try to spread us and shoot the 3-ball a lot and try to back-cut you."