After helping the Hurricanes capture a huge road win against Minnesota #12, Dewan Huell has really come into his own as a force for Miami.
As I wrote in my Player Profile before the start of the season, Huell was going to be a big part of the Hurricanes’ success this season. While the elite teams in College Basketball are usually led by elite guard play, most of those teams have a big man that makes an impact on both sides of the court. While Huell has not had a dominant game on defense for Miami (no game with more than 1 block), his offense has been exceptional early in the season.
While Huell has managed to put up double digit scoring totals in every game so far, this was the first game in which he truly showed he can be a force for the Hurricanes. He showed off some nice post moves, and was setting great screens all night, but this is the play everyone will remember from this game.
Dewan Huell put in a MONSTER performance last night.— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) November 30, 2017
•Career-high 23 points
•1 poster pic.twitter.com/WA0A9SxvCD
Huell put one of the best defensive big men in the nation on a poster in front of his own people. Huell just straight up owned his soul, it was nasty. Poster aside, Huell really showed that he can be a force in the pick and roll game. He has a good feel for finding the open spot and has the patient for the ball handler to get him the ball. He is also a great finisher around the rim when he isn’t trying to break it.
While the elite guard play will be there all season for Miami, especially when Lonnie Walker IV is 100%, Huell will be a big part of a potential championship run for Miami. Ideally he would have a bigger impact on the boards (3 rebounds against Minn) and on defense (1 block against Minn), but his main role on the team is to be an elite finishing around the rim, and he has shown that he can do it against some of the best defensive big men in the NCAA.
People are quick to forget that Huell was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and a Mcdonald's All-American. The talent is there for Huell, and now it seems like he is putting it all together in his second year with the Hurricanes.