On Friday night, tiny Durham (N.C.) Voyager hosted traditionally strong Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft in what figured to offer the best regular season test of the year for Jay Huff.
A 6-10 face-up forward who first emerged on the national scene this past fall, Huff’s ability to play at range has attracted a bevy of coaches hoping to snatch up one of the country’s more skilled junior big men.
Huff remains quite thin but has gained speed and leap since the fall. While still not explosive compared to his elite colleagues, he’s now quicker off the floor and possesses commendable mobility.
His game emphasizes skill. Huff is a very good perimeter shooter — who has legitimate three-point range — and although he didn’t shoot well versus Ravenscroft he clearly commanded a great deal of respect from his opponent as Voyager pulled away for a big win.
He also possesses tremendous defensive timing and gets more blocks than you’d expect. He’ll need more strength to become an effective rebounder and positional defender, but his hands are sure and he should take big strides as he matures physically.
Virginia and Wake Forest were among the programs with assistants in the building on Friday night, and those schools along with Notre Dame, Clemson, Appalachian State, Richmond, Davidson, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Asheville, James Madison, Wofford and East Carolina all are involved. Huff wanted to clarify that the Pirates and Terriers are his offers thus far, contrary to some prior misinformation.
”I’d like to stay reasonably close to home,” Huff said, “maybe three or four hours.”
Although they haven’t yet offered, Tony Bennett’s highly ranked and currently undefeated Cavaliers are a standout.
”I’m hoping for Virginia (to offer),” Huff said. “I went on a visit up there before the season.”
Interested parties had best try to watch him before the conclusion of the season. Huff’s plans for spring and summer currently remain uncertain.
”I’m considering not playing AAU,” he said. “I might just focus on getting stronger and better.”
Huff appears to possess four star, top-100 potential in the Class of 2016.