One of the keys to the Miami Hurricanes season was how much production they would receive from their frontcourt. After struggling as a Freshman in 2016-17, Dewan Huell has improved his game to help lead Miami to a 4-0 start in 2017-18.
As a Freshman in 2016-17, Huell averaged 5.8 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Miami Hurricanes. He has improved those numbers to 13.5 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.
Before the season began, Head Coach Jim Larranaga had said that Huell was the most improved player on the Miami Hurricanes this season. With guards Bruce Brown and Lonnie Walker struggling, Huell has been a blessing for Larranaga.
Huell has been incredibly efficient this season. He is shooting 72.7 percent from the floor. He is averaging six made shots per game on 8.3 attempts. He has also made six of eight from the free throw line. His 75 percent clip from the line is significantly higher than his teammates 52.1 percent.
Huell has scored in double figures in every game this season. His 14 point, ten rebound performance in Miami’s win over Navy was the first double-double of his career.
Larranaga spoke about Huell’s progress over the summer with the Palm Beach Post’s Matt Porter.
“I was really pleased with as a freshmen with his personality and leadership qualities…When we recruited him, he was really quiet. He’s not that way. He’s vocal. He’s energetic. He’s very much a student, wants to get better. He’s highly motivated. It’s not that we didn’t see the physical part of that, but the intangible part is what’s been most pleasing to me as the head coach.
We got even more than we bargained for with the person. But he’s still in the growing stages. We just don’t know how long it’s going to take before the offense clicks in. Some of that has to do with our personnel.”
Huell’s play has been exceptionally important with the early season offensive struggles from Miami Hurricanes guards Bruce Brown and Lonnie Walker. Brown was expected to be an All-American candidate and Walker one of the best Freshman in the nation.
Brown is averaging 8.8 points per game and Walker, seven PPG. Brown’s shooting numbers are way down from a year ago. He shooting 36.8 percent from the floor, 27.3 percent on his three-point attempts and 30.8 percent from the line. Walker is at 45.8, 28.6 and 66.7.
By: Alan Rubenstein c/o CanesWarning.com