When Cole Huff decided to transfer from Nevada after two seasons, he didn't expect to find himself in Omaha, but that's where he announced he will end up on Sunday.
"It was great," said Huff of his visit earlier in the week. "The coaches were extremely cool; the players were great. I didn't really know too much about Omaha, it's a little different than what I'm used to, but it's a really nice city."
Instead of places like Omaha and Iowa City, where Huff visited over the weekend, the Altadena, California native pictured himself playing closer to home in the Pac-12 or a similar league. The Wolf Pack, however, placed restrictions on where Huff could settle. Most of the schools Nevada ruled out are located on or near the West Coast.
With his options trimmed for him, the skilled forward searched further inland. Creighton, Iowa, Dayton and Michigan emerged as programs that could offer what he was looking for: more success and more exposure.
"I feel like wherever I end up is going to give me a shot, if I perform the way I'm supposed to perform, to play professionally in the NBA or overseas and make a career out of this," said the sophomore. "Also, I want to go to a winning program. I want to win."
After some displeasure with the way he was being used in Reno, Huff is excited to showcase his full skill set in Omaha.
"Just to expand my role on the team, not necessarily in terms scoring and stuff like that, but just for me to expand my overall game, " Huff answered when asked what originally led him to look elsewhere. "I wanted to get out on the perimeter more. I wanted to show more of my skillset and what I have in my bag of tricks."
Although Huff stands 6-foot-8, he considers himself to be an outside-in player; his 40 percent mark from deep a year ago backs the assessment. Creighton has a recent history of allowing guys with post player size to operate on the perimeter, and that resonated with the Campbell Hall and Team Eleate product.
"There's so much movement and fluidity in how they run their offensive sets," Huff said. "I think it's really great. It's a great way to score points, and it's an attractive way to play for someone like me. It was exciting."