Huertas Heating Up

Several factors contribute to the improvement of David Huertas' recent play, but Eniel Polynice wasn't one to elaborate about his fellow teammate Wednesday. "I think he is making shots," the sophomore said matter-of-factly.

Polynice supplied the obvious answer for why the No. 18 Rebels (13-0) have become even more dangerous. Huertas continued to increase his level of play with a career-high 17 points versus Alabama A&M and seems to have found a rhythm after looking anything but comfortable during the early portion of the season.

Against the Bulldogs, Huertas drilled his first long-range attempt before missing his second. The failed shot would have shaken the Florida transfer a month ago, but now he just responded. After subbing out for a couple of minutes, Huertas took an inside pass from Dwayne Curtis and finished with a lay-up. Two trips later, he knocked down another trey.

Game on.

The career scoring night surpassed his 15-point outing as a Florida Gator freshman opposite Savannah State. And it wasn't by chance the breakout game happened when it did.

"I gained confidence and was comfortable while in Puerto Rico, and my shots are starting to fall in," Huertas said about being home during the San Juan Shootout. "I feel much better and hopefully I can keep it up. I didn't play that much freshman year and last year I sat out, so my timing was off. It has taken me eight or nine games to get into a rhythm. Right now, I am completely comfortable."

The signs pointing to improvement began to surface during tournament play and continued against Southern Miss and Alabama A&M. Huertas was 5-8 from the field against the Golden Eagles. A far cry from 3-14 and 1-7 with Troy and Central Florida respectively.

However, it isn't just comfort that is making the difference. Assistant coach Torrey Ward noticed a technical flaw in Huertas' shooting where his feet were moving on jump shots.

"Coach told me it was my feet," Huertas noted. So now, we work everyday with my feet and keeping them set."

Andy Kennedy notices the change in his talented shooter and recognizes the difference, both on the floor and with nervousness and anxiety.

"A little more relaxed, his rhythm and timing are so much better," Kennedy explained. "Here's a kid that hasn't played for the better part of two years, and he was really looking out of sync offensively, but he has relaxed and is making a couple shots. He can now exhale."

And when Kennedy was asked if it was good to see Huertas accurately firing?

"Yeah, that was good. It was good for me. Was it good for you?"

Spoken about like Polynice. It is most definitely good.

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