Huff coming back strong

After decommitting from San Diego State in July, many questioned what level 2012 forward Cole Huff would end up at. He's made significant progress over the past few months and is quickly answering any questions.

The first several months of 2011 were rough for 6-foot-8, 200-pound North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall 2012 forward Cole Huff, who made an early commitment to San Diego State in November of 2010.

In January, Huff tore his meniscus, resulting in season-ending surgery. After months of rehab he decommitted from San Diego State and there were questions regarding whether or not he would be able to end up at a similar level.

However, Huff has made significant progress returning from the knee injury.

"I'm about 90 percent right now," Huff said. "I'm not quite at full strength but my knee is a lot stronger than it was this summer so I feel good.

"I've been in the weight room, trying to get stronger. I've been rehabbing three times a week with coach Olin Simplis, who has been getting my knee right, and I've been working with (Team Eleate AAU coach) Clint Parks too, who has really helped my game."

According to Parks, Huff's work ethic has been a big reason for his success.

"He's worked extremely hard on and off the court to get his game back to where it was," Parks said. "His father, Roger, myself and Olin Simplis developed a gameplan on how we wanted to attack his development and he has followed it to a 'T' and it's showing, as he's getting sharper every day."

The hard work has paid off and he's seen the consistent improvement on the court.

"I've been getting better off the dribble and getting to the boards," Huff said. "I've been testing my conditioning and that's been my biggest challenge right now. Everything else is coming back; my shooting is coming back and I'm getting more lift on my shots, and my handles are better. Conditioning is what I'm really working on improving and then I'll be fine."

With Huff's game improving, so has his recruitment.

On Tuesday, Nevada head coach David Carter came to Campbell Hall to watch Huff workout. The result was a scholarship offer. On Wednesday, UTEP head coach Tim Floyd watched Huff workout and quickly offered as well.

Nevada and UTEP along with previous offers from U.C. Irvine, U.C. Riverside, Pepperdine and Denver make up Huff's current list and he's already begun the visit process.

"I took an official to Denver a couple weeks ago," Huff said. "This week I go to U.C. Irvine for an official visit, and after that Pepperdine."

Following the Pepperdine visit, Huff plans trips to both Nevada and UTEP and at this point has no favorites.

"I'm wide open and going to take my time," Huff said.

It's been a challenging several months for Huff, but all the hard work has paid off.

"During the summer I was kind of rattled," Huff said, "But I feel pretty good now."

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