One of the country's most prized basketball recruits, 5-star power forward Dewan Huell, is heading to Miami to play for head coach Jim Larranaga and the Hurricanes.
Lawton Williams, Huell's coach, told Evan Daniels of Scout of his player's decision.
“It’s close to home,” Williams said. “He had a good feel for them. He thought the coaches would help him in his goal to become a NBA player.”
Huell must pack on some pounds to his wiry frame, but beyond that, there aren't many holes to poke in his game. With a unique combination of length and finesse, he is a matchup nightmare even for the most gifted defenders.
Not only does he glide to the rim with ease and finish with authority on the inside, but he also has an arsenal of spin moves and good-enough handles to beat opponents off the dribble. His mid-range jump shot is a legitimate weapon that makes him a threat to score from anywhere on the court.
Rivals' Eric Bossi observed how Huell was lighting it up at an Under Armour Association showcase in May:
Although his shooting range could still be extended, he doesn't need to venture much further out to the arc with how well he can get it done in the low post.
A precocious back-to-the-basket game allows Huell to finish inside. Knocking down three-pointers from the corner is about all he needs to be fully complete on offense.
Huell's length and lateral quickness alone are enough to be a bother on the defensive end. Once he hones in more on the fundamentals in that area of his game, the young phenom figures to do plenty to live up to his gaudy 5-star recruiting status.
With added muscle to go with an already polished skill set, it's scary to fathom how good Huell could be. Don't be surprised if he starts scoring in bunches as a true freshman and eventually becomes one of the better players from the entire 2016 class.
Miami should find a considerable role for him right away, even with plenty of competition and other prior prized recruits competing for playing time. He is the type of gifted player who can't sit for long.
Larranaga and his staff ought to be able to live with Huell's freshman mistakes and trial and error thanks to the unique skills he brings to the floor.