`Forty Flames to Follow' in 2013-14: Hayden Humes
July 1, 2013
CHICAGO – For 40 minutes during the UIC men’s basketball team’s quarterfinal match-up against Green Bay in the Horizon League Tournament, junior forward Hayden Humes showed how he could one of the most dangerous scoring threats in the Horizon League heading into his senior campaign. The native of Valparaiso, Ind., is Tuesday’s featured student-athlete in the “Forty Flames to Follow” in 2013-14 summer series.
For the past two seasons, Humes has been known as a “stretch four” with range that extends beyond the three-point line. But on that Friday night (March 8) in front of a hometown crowd at the ARC in Valpo, Humes exploded for 23 points on an impressive 10-for-12 shooting performance. The Flames dropped a heartbreaking 64-63 decision to UWGB, but Humes’ performance provided a snapshot into what UIC fans can expect to see in 2013-14.
For the second-straight year, Humes represented the Flames’ fourth-leading scorer in 2012-13. But he also posted career-highs in points per game (10.3), field goal percentage (.473), free throw percentage (.795) and assists (1.3) and minutes per game (33.2), while shooting 40.0 percent from three-point range for the second-consecutive season. He enters his senior year with 781 career points at the Division I level.
Humes ranked seventh in the Horizon League in both field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage last season, and 10th overall in minutes played. He scored in double figures 16 times, including eight games in which he scored 15 points or more. Humes was also the Flames’ leading rebounder on 11 occasions, and corralled at least eight rebounds in seven individual games.
Humes will be one-of-eight returning lettermen for the Flames next season, and highlight a senior class that also includes transfers Kelsey Barlow (Purdue) and Jordan Harks (Central Arkansas). The Flames’ official schedule will be released in the coming weeks. It was revealed in May that UIC will face Northwestern, Illinois and Loyola during non-conference play.