David Huertas commits to Rebs

Rebel Basketball Coach Andy Kennedy continues to have recruiting success at the 11th hour. David Huertas, a highly-touted freshman for National Champion Florida, has opted to leave the Gator program and has committed to the Rebels. Read about it inside.

David Huertas, a 6-5 195-pound shooting guard/small forward from the University of Florida, has decided to change his colors to Red and Blue.

Huertas, now practicing with the Puerto Rican National Team as the youngest member of their squad and considered a rising hoops star of that country, will leave Florida, who won the national title last season, and continue his college career at Ole Miss.

Huertas will have to sit out and redshirt next year due to transfer rules, but then will have three years of eligibility remaining at Ole Miss. Huertas fits into the Rebs' plans nicely since Ole Miss guards Todd Abernethy, Clarence Sanders and Bam Doyne will graduate after next season, leaving a gap on the Reb roster for guards.

Huertas visited Ole Miss a couple of weeks ago and was said to be unclear of his decision on where to pursue the remainder of his collegiate career. He was considering also visiting Maryland, Clemson and Pittsburgh, but has since cancelled those visits and will sign with the Rebels.

David played in 35 games for Florida as a true freshman. His lone start was against Ole Miss, ironically. He scored nine points against the Rebs. He averaged 9.2 minutes per game off the bench. Huertas was 31-82 from the field, including 12-36 from the three-point line. He connected on 13-17 free throws, had 23 assists and six steals. He averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds a contest for the Gators.

The Florida web site wrote this about Huertas: "A versatile two-guard with solid range and a smooth touch from the perimeter. . . A matchup problem for opposing teams at guard due to his height and quick release. . . Played a significant role for the Gators off the bench, drawing defenses out with his ability to knock down threes. . . "

Huertas prepped at Arlington County Day in Jacksonville, FL. He averaged 20.0 points, 7 boards and 5 assists his senior season and led Arlington Day to its first state title. Arlington Day ended up as the 7th-rated high school team in America in the final USA Today poll. He was named AA All-State his junior and senior seasons and was the Florida AA Player of the Year as a senior.

At a Miami Nike camp for high school players in 2004, David was named Top Prospect out of over 300 participants. He was ranked as a Top 50 prospect in the nation.

His recruitment out of high school included just about every big-name basketball program in the country. He was offered scholarships by Florida, Arizona, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Indiana, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Virginia, St. John's, Memphis and North Carolina State.

A Florida high school said Huertas' strength is as a shooter, but he is also "tough, has a high basketball IQ and has some hops. David has good ball skills. His upside is excellent once he becomes a more polished defensive player."

Huertas is expected to sign with the Rebels early next week.

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