Billy Humphrey, former player for University of Georgia, has announced that he is enrolled at the University of New Orleans. Humphrey will sit out the 2008/2009 season, and be eligible to play in 2009/2010.
The University of New Orleans Privateers has been a team in transition for much of the last three years. UNO, part of the Sun Belt Conference, was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. A total of 8 sports were cut as UNO tried to recover from the storm.
The basketball team was able to adjust by moving to Tyler, Texas. When the team returned to New Orleans, their home court, Lakefront Arena, was unuseable. The Privateers ended up playing in a 1,200 seat facility.
UNO went through 3 coaches in the past 3 years. However, the team has been buoyed by the announcement of a $1 million gift from Gabe Corchiani, former player and still the career assists leader for the team. The donation, which will be spread out over 5 years, will go in part to renovate Lakefront Arena.
UNO went 19 and 13 last year. Current coach, Joe Pasternak, a New Orleans native, faces the challenge of starting the 2008/2009 season after having lost his top scorer to graduation. Humphrey will be counted on next year to restore some of that scoring punch.
We wish Humphrey the best as he finalizes his senior season.