Dewan Huell: Evaluation

South Florida always produces its share of big-time talent, and Miami forward Dewan Huell is another bright light produced by his tropical city. The athletic workhorse enjoyed an outstanding travel season and will compete for prep All-America honors this season.




Introduction


It didn’t take long for major conference programs to find their way to Team Breakdown’s younger squads and players such as Dewan Huell. As early as the 2013 summer, Huell had drawn offers from Miami, Florida, Florida State, Louisville and others.

At least from a scholarship point of view, there never was any suspense.

Huell proceeded to impress on the 2014 travel circuit, taking his game and reputation national prior to his junior year in high school. He competed at events such as the NBPA Top 100 Camp and thus tested himself against very talented, older opponents.

This past spring Huell hit the road with Breakdown and proved to be one of the top frontcourt performers on the Under Armour circuit. He averaged 16 points and nine rebounds per contest, shooting 54 percent from the field. He averaged just under two blocks per game as well.

He cut his list to 10 schools prior to the summer and naturally has become a critical target for the Hurricanes, Seminoles and other regional high-majors, along with Louisville, Ole Miss and others.


Assets


Huell is an impressively quick and explosive straight-up leaper. He doesn’t have the high-flying act to win dunk contests, but rather his athleticism is functional and actually enables him to produce. He slams most everything by the basket and surprises would-be interior scorers by his ability to elevate immediately and block their shots.

His quick reactions make him an excellent offensive rebounder whose second jump enables him to draw fouls on defenders. Meanwhile, his balance also stands out; he lacks strength now but can take a hit and still finish for that reason.

Huell’s touch on the interior bodes well for his immediate future and longer term. He catches the ball cleanly and gently lofts in short jumpers, and he can bury an open 15-footer as well. He’s comfortable as a purely back to the basket scorer, too, launching polished jump hooks over his left shoulder.

Moroever, Huell always has impressed with his stamina and workrate. He’s an extremely active competitor who makes play after play and involves himself in the action on both ends of the court. Competitors fitting that description can lift the effort of their teammates, and thus Huell clearly proved to be a great influence on Team Breakdown as a whole.


Deficits


We list Huell at 6-9, which may be a tad generous. He certainly doesn’t possess center size and a 6-10, long-armed athlete could alter or block his shot at close-range. He also needs to get much stronger, but of course so do most high school athletes.

From a skill perspective, he certainly can improve his left hand. He also must raise his accuracy from the free throw line, where he struggled for Team Breakdown. Huell should get to the line frequently in college, so bring his percentage to a solid range will be key.


Outlook


Physically and for intangibles, Huell reminds of the 1990s SEC power forwards: athletic, long, finesse and competitive. That said, he’s more skilled than many of those players were, given his scoring touch, hook shots and ultimate promise as a face-up scorer.

He’s also ready for the seriousness of college competition. There’s a massive increase in intensity from high school to Division I, and Huell already brings that kind of vigorous play to the court. That should endear him to his future coaches and enable him to acclimate quickly to the college game.

My prediction here is that he’ll likely need two years of college prior to jetsetting to the NBA. Improving his ball skills, jump shooting range and strength will be his priorities in terms of impressing professional scouts, who may view him as too small to inhabit the NBA post. Still, his coordination and athleticism will be as apparent to them as those qualities have been to everyone else.

If that assessment rings true, Huell will give some fortunate program a tremendous impact during his time on campus. He’s good enough to start as a freshman and could fully blossom as a sophomore. Time will tell.



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