"You get in situations and you do what you've got to do,'' Humphrey said. "You have a dream and you've got to get to it the best way you can. I was in two different situations where I felt it just wasn't [conducive to] my success personally.
"I'm not trying to take anything away from my teammates there. They were good guys. But I have a dream and I think I'm finally in a place where I'm definitely going to be able to move forward and get some positive things back and hopefully reach my dream.''
Perhaps two things stand out when trying to assess why West Virginia is a good fit for Humphrey. First is that style of play that Huggins hopes to implement this season. Humphrey is a shooter who led or was near the top of the 3-point field goal stats for both of his prior teams. Granted, his shooting percentage declined each season - it was just 31.3 percent on 3s last season - but in a faster, more flowing offense the hope is that will change.
Humphrey is certainly likely to be given the chance to shoot. One of the reasons the Mountaineers had little in the way of offense last year was a dearth of outside shooters. That should change with Humphrey, freshmen Terry Henderson and Eron Harris and any improvement shown by sophomores like Aaron Brown.
The second reason Huggins' program is a fit is because Humphrey is getting much stronger, something the rather lithe perimeter player - he was listed at 185 pounds at Oregon, 195 at BC and now 200 - will need if he ever hopes to play professionally.
"It's not like I can suddenly jump 10 more inches in the air or something,'' Humphrey said. "But I definitely see the difference in being able to take contact and finish plays better and easier and recover better.
"I've had two different weight-lifting coaches. Not to knock them, because we got after it both at Oregon and Boston College, but here they just demand a lot more out of you, and it helps and it shows. I've gained weight and I'm getting strong. It helps when it's time to go down there and bang, especially considering more of the frontcourt position I'll be having here.''
That's another thing Humphrey will have to adjust to at West Virginia. A team that in recent seasons has been guard poor is suddenly flooded with them. Juwan Staten, Jabarie Hinds and Gary Browne are all more than capable point guards and sometimes two will be on the floor together. And with Aaron Brown, Henderson and Harris there are options at shooting guard.
So at 6-5 it's only natural that if someone has to play more of a small-forward role - along with Keaton Miles - it would be Humphrey. The center and power forward positions are well stocked with Deniz Kilicli, Aaric Murray, Kevin Noreen and Dominique Rutledge.
"The thing that caught my eye is how deep we are,'' Humphrey said. "This is a really deep basketball team. We've got a lot of guys who can play.''
Humphrey's biggest drawback is that he's essentially a rookie in Huggins' system. Aside from the three freshmen - 6-10 Volodymyr Gerun is the other - everyone else is a veteran in the system.
But Humphrey doesn't see that as a roadblock.
"I've been here since June 25th and this isn't my first walk in the park as far as offseason work and preseason work and getting into the thick of things with practice,'' Humphrey said. "I'm used to it and I know what I have to do personally and for the team in order to make us better and help guys around me and provide a little bit more leadership that they didn't have in the past because the team was so young last year.''
The bottom line is that this is finally Humphrey's last go-around, at his third school. He's played on both coasts and now, in the Big 12, he'll be in the heartland.
He can't wait for the chance.
"It's not like the situations I was in before were horrible,'' Humphrey said. "I just had a lot more downs than ups. I learned a lot of things. I appreciate Coach Kent and Coach Donahue. But I just feel like now I'm in a good place.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.