UConn looks at NY Super Soph Girls, Part II

It was apparent early on that Christine Huber was a star in the making. Huber, at 6-3, has not only the size but also the talent to make her one of New York State's most recruited young players. Elite college teams from across the country are making their interest known, teams such as UConn, Duke and Rutgers.

Huber made a splash early and in a big way. She was the only freshman in New York State's Class AA named to the 2006 All-State list. At the time, she played for North Babylon high school, but then transferred to St. John the Baptist (SJB) in Islip NY after the end of the season. SJB had lost Danielle Wilson, now at Baylor, to graduation in June 2006 and it seemed that Huber had some big sneakers to fill, but Huber has stepped right in and become a key player. She's averaging 17.4 points, 13.9 rebounds and 5.5 blocks despite playing on an occasionally gimpy ankle that caused her to sit out some games this season. The sore ankle made her miss a February 6th matchup against Sacred Heart, a game St. John lost. They were able to avenge the loss with a 55-34 pasting of Sacred Heart to win the Class AA Nassau-Suffolk Championship along with a trip to the State Championships on March 18th. Huber had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks despite lingering soreness in her ankle.

New York Newsday covers Long Island girls' basketball and one writer there, Jason Molinet, expressed the opinion that Huber has the court sense of a point guard and that Huber could help end Christ the King's dominance as "queens of [New York's Catholic Athletic Association]". He expressed the opinion that Huber might be a bit raw offensively, one with which Debbie Brajevic of the Silver Bullets, Huber's AAU team, disagrees.

"Christine is a very good offensive threat. She can shoot the three, has a pull-up [jumper] and can go to the basket with either hand," she said.

Jeff Hansen, coach of Patchogue-Medford, had gave Newsday his opinion of Huber as an 8th grader:

"She doesn't play like an eighth-grader at all," Hansen said after watching Huber score 21 points and grab 18 rebounds in North Babylon's [Huber's former team] 59-43 victory over his team in a Suffolk Class AA semifinal Feb. 23. "She has a great touch around the basket. It's not like she just stands there, throws it off the glass and scores. She's very polished."

Among Huber's other strengths are her ball handling, rebounding and ability to lead a fast-break. But it's the intangibles that make Huber so highly recruited, like a strong work ethic that has made Huber an A+ honor roll student. Brajevich also says that Huber is very coachable, a sentiment echoed by North Babylon coach Donna Jones, who said Huber is "a coach's dream". These abilities, combined with height and physical talent, make Huber one of, if not the most highly recruited big girl in New York.

Among the schools recruiting Huber are the above-mentioned Connecticut, Duke, Maryland and Rutgers. According to a recent article in a NYC area newspaper, Maryland is a particularly ardent suitor.

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