David Huertas visiting Ole Miss

David Huertas, who played a minor but valuable role on Florida's National Championship run last hoops season, is leaving the Gator program. He will be visiting Ole Miss today and tomorrow. He is also considering Clemson, Maryland and UMASS. Read about it inside.

David Huertas, a 6-5 190-pound shooting guard from Humacao, Puerto Rico, played in 35 games last year as a true freshman for the national champion Florida Gators.

He is now asking for his release from Florida and will visit Ole Miss today and tomorrow in his search for a new "home."

Huertas, ironically, got his first start as a collegian against Ole Miss last season. He is currently playing with the Puerto Rico National Team.

Some research on the Scout.com network revealed Huertas is also being pursued by Maryland, Clemson and UMASS.

Huertas would have to sit out next season but then would be eligible for three years, which would fit new Rebel Coach Andy Kennedy's plans perfectly. From a glimpse at the roster, it's obvious Kennedy needs to find a shooting guard for 2007-2008 and beyond after some current players graduate. To have him sit in the program for a year and learn the system would be an ideal situation for the Rebels and Huertas.

The following is David Huertas' bio off the official Florida web page:

A versatile two-guard with solid range and a smooth touch from the perimeter…A match-up problem for other guards with his height and quick release…Started one game his freshman season and played a significant role off the bench, stretching opposing defenses out with his ability to knock down threes…Has continued to work hard in the off-season and should develop into a key part of the Gators' rotation in 2006-07.

AS A FRESHMAN 2005-06: Averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds and saw action in 35 games as a freshman…Made his first career start against Ole Miss on Jan. 31…Hit 33.3 percent from three-point range and came up with a career-high 15 points against Savannah State…Played in all 16 SEC games…Saw his first collegiate action against St. Peter's ... Led all Gator freshman in points, field goals and three point field goals against the Peacocks... Had two assists against Albany... Hit a three-point basket against Wake Forest in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic... Played three minutes versus Florida State... Recorded his first career steal against Alabama State... Hit a three-point field goal against Alabama State... Recorded four rebounds against UCF... Played 14 minutes against Providence and made a three-pointer... Recorded a career-high three steals against the Bethune-Cookman... Played 16 minutes against Jacksonville and added seven points... Played 16 minutes against FAMU... Drained a pair of three-pointers against the Rattlers... Recorded career-highs in assists (5), points (8), minutes (28), free throws made (3) and free throws attempted (4) against Morgan State... Had his first career block against the Bears... Set career highs in points (15), rebounds (8), field goals (5) and free throws (5) against Savannah State… Also attempted a career-high 13 shots and seven free throws against the Tigers… Played 12 minutes against Tennessee...Added five points and one assist against the Vols... Played a career-high 28 minutes in his first collegiate start against Mississippi... Went 3-for-7 from the field against the Rebels for nine points... Drained a three-pointer in the Gators' win over Kentucky on Feb. 4... Played seven minutes and scored two points against South Carolina... Played 10 minutes against LSU... Contributed with two rebounds and one assist against the Tigers... Scored one basket and grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds against Vanderbilt... Grabbed three offensive rebounds in 11 rebounds against Kentucky... Played 14 key minutes against Villanova in the Elite Eight in Minneapolis, adding three rebounds and two points… Played four minutes in the national semifinal game against George Mason.

PREP: Averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game during his senior season … Led his team to the first 2A state title in school history and a No. 7 final national ranking in the USA Today poll…As a junior he averaged 21.0ppg and was a First Team All-State and All-City selection and was the Player of the Year in Florida 2A basketball…Helped his team to the first state title in school history…During his junior year he hit a school record 10 three-pointers in one game…Coached in high school by Rex Morgan…Played on the AAU level with the Miami Tropics where he averaged 20.5 points per game…Lists the best players he's played against as Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Gerald Green of the Boston Celtics and Martell Webster of the Portland Trail Blazer.

"David can flat out shoot the ball, in my opinion he's the best shooter in the country. But his game is much more complete than just jumpshots. He has a good basketball I.Q., nice handle and likes to get his teammates involved. " -Miami Tropics AAU Head Coach Art Alvarez.

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