Florida shooter on the radar screen

David Huertas, a 6-4 native of Puerto Rico is one of the top shooters in the Class of 2005. The Jacksonville (FL) Arlington Country Day standout was a Nike Camper last year and made a huge impression on a number of colleges in last month's Slam Dunk To The Beach. Now he has a number of top programs showing him a lot of love.

Reports from Dave Telep, Jeff Goodman and Brad Allis were all used in this story.

In a 2005 class not blessed with a ton of great shooters, Huertas is a standout. The quick-triggered guard not only has range, but he has confidence and size.

Arizona has done a lot of work with him early but schools like Miami, Florida, Florida State, Northeastern, Kansas and Rhode Island are showing interest. Florida State and Miami each sent coaches to see him in last month's Slam Dunk To The Beach.

The Slam Dunk To the Beach was a mixed showing for Huertas. He played very well, but did not shoot as well as he has been accustomed to. He dislocated his little finger on his left hand and also sustained a hairline fracture of his right thumb a few weeks before the event. The injury cost him a few games and he rushed back a little bit before he was 100%.

The great outside shooter nicely showcased his in-between game in a semi-final loss in the event. Huertas finished with 21 points and 4 steals, hitting 3-7 on three-pointers. But the highlights of the evening were the three floating runners he hit over Dwight Howard, each one swishing right through the hoop. For good measure, he added three assists, further demonstrating his good decision=making ability with the ball and why he'll be one of the top prospects in the class of 2005.

"He's such a prolific scorer who really knows how to play the game," Miami Tropics coach Art Alvarez said. "He knows how to play off screens, passes it well and has good court vision. But nowadays you just don't find shooters like him. He can knock it down from 25-30 feet on a consistent basis."

Huertas is a native of Puerto Rico and earned a spot at the Nike Camp last year after a quality performance at the Nike Hoop Jamboree. He was very solid at the Nike Camp and served notice that he was a guy to keep an eye on in the event.

He's a name to know in the Class of 2005

We didn't know who Huertas was when we landed at Nike, but we sure knew who he was when we left. The guard was one of the three best shooters at the event. We saw him play a couple of games, including one where Lute Olson and Josh Pastner were not only watching, but commenting to each other every time he sank a shot.

Huertas has nice height and he uses it to get his shot off. He has a sweet, pure jumper. He can handle the ball and seems to possess pretty good quickness. He is still very thin, but we've heard he's added both height and bulk.

The Cats are interested, but it could be tough to get him to come west. The Cats have never pulled a player out of the Sunshine State, but Huertas could be the first.

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