Isaac Humphries has made his first competitive appearance in Sydney colours, playing for a Kings invitational team that was swept aside by a rampant Oklahoma Sooners outfit in front of a packed house at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre.
Humphries, born in the Sydney suburb of Caringbah, in the Sutherland Shire, has returned home to further his career after playing for two seasons with the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA competition. He nominated for the NBA draft but was not picked up before training with several NBA teams over their northern summer.
Technically he was one of just three current players on the roster against the Sooners -- Tom Garlepp and Dane Pineau were the others - but you wouldn't have known that, or the fact this was the Kings' first runout of the new season, if you had watched the Andrew Gaze sideline show.
The enigmatic coach was at his best, strolling the bench and shouting out orders to his players, and he'll have been pleased enough by Humphries' solid first outing in his new colours.
Humphries got off to a slow start offensively by missing his first four shots before finally getting on the board with 3:10 remaining in the first quarter, finishing through contact off the back of a Sam Daly assist. He finished with an equal game-high 21 points and 9 rebounds in only 23 minutes as starting point.
Highlights for the Kings team otherwise were few and far between, but the standout came in the form of 211cm big man Deng Acouth.
With the Sooners dominating the rebounding battle, Acouth checked in midway through the second term much to the delight of the crowd. He was on the scoreboard within 50 seconds of being on the floor, knocking down the first of his three three-pointers as he tallied 15 points and 6 rebounds in his 18min 15sec on court.
While many in the crowd turned up to catch a glimpse of Humphries in his first game for the Kings, their eyes quickly moved to the Sooners and their rim-rattling exploits during warm-ups.
Top college prospect Trae Young finished with an equal game-high 21 points while adding six rebounds and six assists.
This wasn't the night the Kings would have been hoping for, but the Sooners, who play in the Big 12 Conference, were always going to have the upper hand having already played twice on their trip down under - recording comprehensive victories against a New Zealand Select team (133-91) and a Sutherland team (129-51).
Next up for the Kings invitational team is a meeting with the American University at the Whitlam Leisure Centre on Aug. 17.