Huertas moving forward with recruitment

David Huertas intends to make his first official visit to Louisville this July and a string of recent commitments to one Big 12 school may knock them out of the running for the talented swingman.

David Huertas has used this spring to continue to build on an already solid national reputation and to hone both his body and his skills.

Huertas, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Florida, has added some much needed muscle strength and continues to work on a jump shot considered one of the nation's most deadly.

"He's been shooting 600-700 jump shots every day," Huertas' AAU coach Art Alvarez said. "He's just works so hard on his game and wants to improve so much."

Huertas will take the SAT for the first time early next month and has been preparing for that test with the intention of obtaining a passing score on the first attempt.

"He's been taking the Kaplan prep classes so he'll have a legitimate shot at passing it on the first try," Alvarez explained.

Once he posts that score, Huertas' focus will shift to some planned campus visits, the first being to Louisville following the Nike All-America camp in Indianapolis this July.

"He'll probably make his first visit a few weeks after we get his SAT results back and Louisville will receive the first visit," Alvarez said. "Then he'll probably go to Arizona and Kansas, in that order."

Other schools like Florida, Arkansas, and Virginia, among others, are also vying to receive a visit from Huertas, according to Alvarez.

However, a slew of recent wing commitments from 6'8 Micah Downs and 6'7 Alex Galindo to Kansas earlier this week could result in waning interest in the JayHawks program by Huertas.

"That's an excellent point," Alvarez said when asked how the recent Kansas commitments could impact Huertas' recruitment. "We might drop Kansas as a visit even though those guys are a year ahead of David."

As for Arizona, the fact that one of Alvarez' former players, Jesus Verdejo, recently signed with the PAC-10 program, might bode well for the Wildcat's chances with Huertas.

"Arizona is a different situation than Kansas," Alvarez explained. "The fact that they have Jesus and most of their other perimeter players will be departing next season might be a good situation for David. And depending on how the situation goes with Jesus next year, then maybe David would want to follow."

Alvarez again made clear what Huertas is looking for in a potential college.

"It's going to be where he fits in the best and has the best opportunity to play right away," Alvarez said.

Alvarez also wouldn't rule out the possibility that Huertas might make a early decision if his visit to Louisville leaves a good impression.

"He might just go to Louisville on his visit and decide that's what he wants to do," Alvarez said. "We feel good about Louisville and if he likes it on his visit he might just go ahead and commit. But that will be up to the Louisville coaching staff to their job and convince the kid to make that decision."


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