As a junior, Huffman flew under the radar of most recruiting experts while playing for Coach Levan Parker at Central Park High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Not because the 6'11 forward lacked ability; but because of a fracture in his foot.
Once the injury healed, Huffman began to shine on the national scene at places like the Reebok ABCD Camp and Reebok Big Time Tournament. By then, U of L already had a leg up on the competition with Huffman, especially after having the versatile prospect in their camp before he burst on the scene later in the summer.
"People are starting to find out that Jonathan played on a fractured foot last year," Central Park Associate Head Coach Don Broadnax said. "He didn't get the cast off until last November and it took some time for the injury to heal and he wasn't fully healthy until the summer. And that's when he started to shine."
Broadnax said Huffman is now more confident in his abilities and is starting to make real progress with his game.
"He starting to look real good," Broadnax said. "He's much more confident and he's starting to do more things close to the basket. He's always been able to shoot the ball. He just needs to get stronger now."
One of the major reasons Huffman chose Louisville, according to Broadnax, was the way the Louisville coaching staff challenged Huffman in June during Rick Pitino's elite camp. Apparently, the work ethic and no-nonsense approach favored by Pitino left a lasting impression on Huffman.
"He saw how hard they work when he attended Louisville's elite camp in June and he liked that," Broadnax explained. "They were working him hard and challenging him to get better and that's something that really impressed him about Louisville's program."
Entering his senior season at Central Park, Broadnax said he's seen more determination from the young standout than in the past, especially in the classroom.
"He's really starting to assert himself in the classroom," Broadnax said. "I think he's going to have a really good year here."