6'11 Jonathan Huffman Ready to Blossom

Now fully recovered from an injury, 6'11 Johnathan Huffman of Central Park Christian in Birmingham, Alabama might be ready to blossom on the AAU circuit this spring.

6-foot-11 Jonathan Huffman is a prospect several major college coaching staff's will keep a close eye on this spring.

Huffman, who plays for Levan Parker at Central Park Christian in Birmingham, Alabama, missed the first two months of his junior season recovering from a stress fracture in his foot, which kept his profile low on college recruiters radar's.

"He's about to blossom," Parker predicted. "He shoots the three well, can put the ball on the floor and is developing a nice hook shot."

"He has a knack for blocking shots," Parker continued. "He jumps well and he's getting more confident. He's a four man that can face up. But he's skinny and needs to get stronger. If he gets stronger and improves playing with his back to the basket he'll be able to write his own ticket anywhere."

If you're looking for a comparison, current Florida Gator Mohammed Abukar probably isn't a bad one. A University of Louisville assistant, who was keeping tabs on Tello Palacios and Uche Echefu, recently saw Huffman in action at the NACA national tournament in Tennessee, where both Palacios and Echefu were in action.

According to Parker, Huffman played well against Echefu and an athletic Montrose Christian squad, posting 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

"He did well against them," Parker said. "And he played really well against Jack Lyles [a physical 6'8 forward] of Southern Maryland."

On the recruiting front, Auburn was heavily involved and had either offered or was close to making one before the coaching staff was fired last month. Alabama is keeping a constant watch on him, according to Parker, and John Phelphrey and South Alabama are "very interested." Penn State is also involved. As for Louisville, expect the Cardinals to keep tabs on Huffman throughout the spring.

Huffman will play for both the Alabama Lasers and the Alabama Challenge this summer.


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