Humpal set to finish career as one of Tigers’ best ever
Iowa Wesleyan College senior Brett Humpal is nearing the end of his career, but still hopes to lead his team deep into the NAIA Division II National Men’s Basketball Tournament. Whenever the tournament ends for the Tigers, Humpal will end his career as one of the best players to ever put on the purple and white uniforms.
Humpal will most likely finish his career as the number two scorer of all time at IWC with 1,748 points heading into the tournament. He’s not mathematically eliminated from reaching number one, but would have to make it to the NAIA Division II National Championship and average 59.4 points per game to pull it off.
Humpal will also finish third in rebounding with 754 heading into the tournament, and assists with 366.
Humpal is also currently fifth in three-pointers made with 176, but will tie for fourth with his next basket from behind the arc.
Iowa Wesleyan doesn’t have an official all-time list for steals because of a lack of quality stats before 1990, but since that time Humpal is second with 236, and is just four steals away from tying Adam Stringer (2002-2006) for first place.
According to Sports Information Director Adam Glatczak the most impressive part of those numbers is that for all intents and purposes, he amassed them in just three years.
“He hardly played at all his freshman season,” Glatczak said. “That was a very talented team that also went to nationals. If he had a full fourth year even close to his last 3 he likely finishes first in scoring, threatens the top spot in rebounding, and is probably 2nd in assists and 3’s made.”
This will be Humpal’s second trip to the national tournament, but his first as the go-to man for the Tigers. Humpal’s first trip was his freshman year in 2005-06.
“I’m very excited,” Humpal said. “It’s great to get back there for the second time in four years. Getting there as a freshman was a great way to start my career, and getting there as a senior is a great way to go out.”
In the 2006 tournament, Humpal got to experience the games, but only as a role player off the bench. In that season he averaged just eight minutes on the court behind a very talented, senior-heavy team. This time Humpal will be the player that the Tigers will look towards to put the team on his shoulders.