Huffman, Millard display their skills for UL fans

Jonathan Huffman helped lead Central Park Christian to a 77-73 victory over fellow University of Louisville signee Chad Millard and Brewster Academy Saturday night at the Louisville Roundball Classic.

Jonathan Huffman and Central Park Christian got the better of Brewster Academy and fellow University of Louisville signee Chad Millard Saturday night at the Louisville Roundball Classic in downtown Louisville.

Huffman, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night against Bullitt East, finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Millard's team in a 77-73 win after trailing at halftime.

"We came out and played real hard in the second half," Huffman said. "I don't think I played real well but I just wanted to get the "W"."

Huffman, who also got his first chance to play against his future U of L teammate, said he enjoyed the opportunity to match skills with Millard.

"He really didn't shoot that much because they weren't getting him a lot of open shots but I know he can shoot," Huffman said. "He's a pretty cool dude."

With U of L coach Rick Pitino watching intently from behind the south baseline, Huffman said having his future coach observing helped him play with more energy and effort.

"It felt good," Huffman said of having Pitino look on. "When I looked over he always had a smile on his face and that helped me put more effort into my play."

Huffman, like Millard, took in U of L's game against TCU Saturday afternoon. It was Huffman's first time watching his future team play in Freedom Hall.

"It was a pretty good game and they came out and played hard," Huffman said.

The 7-foot forward also enjoyed playing for the second time in front of the local fans.

"I'm happy they came to support us," Huffman said.

Huffman said he's working hard to prepare himself for what lies ahead for him at U of L next season.

"I'm just trying to work hard and run the floor and get stronger," Huffman said. "I'm also working on my defense and my low post moves."

And though Millard would have preferred a different outcome to the game, he was appreciative to have the opportunity to play before several hundred U of L fans for the first time.

"It was a great opportunity for me to come and play in front of the fans in Louisville," Millard said. "It was too bad we couldn't come out with a win but it was a great experience for our team."

"It was a good opportunity to expose myself to the fans and let everybody see what I can do," Millard added. "I didn't shoot the ball well today but that's not all basketball is about. I appreciate that Coach Pitino came to watch me play tonight."

The 6-8 forward had an off night shooting the basketball and finished with just one point. Although he never got his scoring on track, Millard found other ways to contribute for his team before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

"I really like to pass the ball and get in the flow of the game," Millard said. " I wasn't hitting my shots today so I was trying to get everybody involved."

Millard also came away impressed with Huffman's array of offensive skills.

"I had never seen him play before and it was fun to play against him," Millard said. "He's big and he has a lot of skills. He's a good perimeter player and he can shoot the ball pretty well so I'm looking forward working with him this summer."

Since arriving at Brewster late last summer, Millard has made significant strides in terms of adding strength to his lanky frame. He's bulked up to 222-pounds from 208 and he's dropped his body fat from 14 to 10-percent.

"I've been working on my strength and my shot off the dribble," Millard said.

Like Huffman, Millard also enjoyed the action earlier in the day at Freedom Hall.

"It was a great atmosphere and I really enjoyed being at the game," Millard said. "The crowd was real lively and it was the best thing that I've ever seen at a basketball game."

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