David Huertas likes Louisville

6-foot-5 junior David Huertas and Miami Tropics coach Art Alvarez spoke with Inside The Ville about University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino's recent visit to Flordia.

The biggest question surrounding 6-foot-5 junior David Huertas isn't his talent.

Without question, Huertas is one of the most talented prospects in the class of 2005, and perhaps ranks as the classes top outside shooter.

Rather, the biggest question might be what exactly is David Huertas? Is he a shooting guard? A point guard? Possibly an athletic small forward down the road?

Regardless of how you answer that question, this much is certain: Huertas is simply a talented, multi-skilled ball player.

"David's a 6'5 shooting guard who shoots it phenomenally well from the outside," Miami Tropics coach Art Alvarez said. "He's probably the best shooter in the country. He's athletic and he's only 16 years old. David's the complete package."

"He plays a lot like Francisco Garcia," Alvarez continued. "But he's probably a better shooter at this point."

And that's why several big time college programs have been converging on Florida to meet with the talented wing.

Rick Pitino met with Huertas last Friday, rescheduling a planned visit with senior forward Tello Palacios to do so. Kansas and Arizona have also visited this month. N.C. State, Florida, Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Wake Forest have either made visits or are in the process of lining one up.

As for Pitino's visit, both Alvarez and Huertas were impressed with Louisville's head coach.

"We feel great about the visit," Alvarez said. "Primarily because Coach Pitino came into the building and made it clear to both David and his mother that he's extended a scholarship offer to David."

Pitino, who met with the prospect and his mother for about 45 minutes, apparently left a lasting impression on the talented junior prospect, too.

"I feel good about the visit because he's a great coach," Huertas said. "He's won a national championship in college and coached in the NBA also."

"One thing that impressed me was that Coach Pitino told me how much he wanted me at Louisville," Huertas continued. "Coach told me that he really wanted to pursue me if I have interest in playing at Louisville. And I'm interested."

Alvarez said Huertas will begin narrowing the focus of his recruitment in the next couple of months and will likely take several visits both before and after he attends the Nike All-America camp in Indianapolis in early July.

"David will almost certainly take one of his five visits to Louisville," Alvarez said. "Coach Pitino plays the style that David likes to play.

According to Alvarez, Huertas wants to finalize his college plans during next fall's early signing period.

"He'll definitely sign during the November signing period," Alvarez said.


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