As Dewan Huell’s recruitment wound down, it remained unclear whether a program would be able to convince him to leave Florida. On Wednesday, the last day of the early signing period for college basketball, the five-star power forward announced he will play in the Sunshine State. Huell is headed to Miami.
Huell chose the Hurricanes after taking official visits to Florida-based programs Miami and Florida State as well as South Carolina (his reported finalists entering Wednesday were Miami and the Gamecocks). Those trips followed his releasing a list of 11 schools in April: Miami, Louisville, South Florida, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, Kansas, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
At 6'9" and 210 pounds, Huell has drawn praise for his athleticism and scoring ability in the paint. “The rising senior big man brings it each and every time out,” Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi wrote of Huell in July. “He will have to add some weight to his frame in college but he is all business on the floor and does it on both ends. Huell has great hands, is quick off the floor and competes on both ends of the floor.”
In 15 games this season with his grassroots program, Team Breakdown, on the Under Armour Association circuit, Huell averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 49.3% from the field. Huell also helped Miami Norland (Fla.) High win its fourth consecutive state championship this season. Huell is No. 23 in the Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI).
He is the second player ranked in the top 50 of the RSCI to choose the Hurricanes during the early signing period, less than three months after the program missed on four-star power forward Brison Gresham. Earlier on Wednesday, four-star shooting guard Bruce Brown (37) announced he would attend Miami. Huell and Brown join four-star center Rodney Miller in Miami’s 2016 recruiting class.
The group now ranks among the top 10 in the country.
Not only is Huell one of the most talented players at his position, he also can help Miami transition from its veteran frontcourt. The Hurricanes’ two projected frontcourt minutes leaders, Tonye Jekiri and Kamari Murphy, are a senior and redshirt junior, respectively. Huell will arrive on campus next year and, for at least one season, should be able to provide reliable scoring in the paint.
Huell also gives Miami a frontcourt centerpiece to counter the big men other ACC programs have added in the 2016 cycle, including Harry Giles and Javin DeLaurier at Duke and Tony Bradley at North Carolina.