Louisville keeps tabs on Huell

The University of Louisville basketball staff has been tracking Miami, Fla., Norland power forward Dewan Huell for almost two years. The Cardinals continued last weekend and Huell said U of L was one of the teams he will look closely at in the recruiting process.

University of Louisville assistant basketball coach Mike Balado has been tracking Dewan Huell for almost two years, while U of L coach Rick Pitino has been to Miami multiple times to check out the 6-foot-9 power froward.

The Cardinals, included among Huell's top 11 list he recently released, continued the recruitment last week at the Under Armour Association in Louisville.

Balado, assistant Kenny Johnson and director of basketball operations David Padgett all saw Huell during the weekend. He was one of the top players in the Under Armour event, including a 26-point, 10-rebound game in the finale on Sunday.

"I'm always trying to expand my game and get better," Huell said. "I still need to work hard and try to get better, so I'm worried more about that this spring."

Huell is ranked No. 21 in the Scout.com top 100 and recently narrowed his list to U of L, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, LSU, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina and South Florida.

Expected to narrow the list to five or so prior to the first July recruiting period, Huell said all 11 of the schools are still in the mix.

"Those are the schools that were recruiting me the hardest," Huell said. "I think I should be able to narrow it even more by July. I like a lot of those schools.

"It's all tied right now. I don't really have a leader."

Huell said he would take his five official visits in the fall and Louisville "had a good chance" to get one of those visits.

"They like my style of play," Huell said. "They want to get me and Juwan (Durham) on campus. I talk with coach (Balado) every week. It's a good relationship."

With Team Breakdown this spring, Huell is averaging 15.5 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. But he said he still isn't totally pleased with his game.

"I feel like I haven't played up to par yet," he said. "I know that I can do better and I feel like it's coming for me."

Here's what Scout.com national analyst Rob Harrington had to say about his game from an evaluation over the weekend:

"Huell played like a McDonald’s All-American each time I watched him. He’s very quick off the floor and utilizes his springs for numerous interior finishers, and he also elevates explosively for boards and blocks. Meanwhile, he sits down in the post and unleashes a smooth and quick jump hook with range to eight feet. That’s a weapon that will serve him very well in the future as well as the present. Huell’s energy also impressed and the fact that he’s naturally a finesse player but one who understands the traditional role of a 6-9 big man."

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