Gator hoops gets first verbal commitment

Published: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 2:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 2:18 p.m.

Florida's first verbal commitment of the 2005 basketball recruiting class is a player who decided to stay close to home.

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In 2005 and beyond, Huertas will don the orange and blue for Billy Donovan and the University of Florida.

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David Huertas, a 6-foot-4-and-a-half shooting guard from Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, made a verbal commitment to the Gators on Thursday.

Huertas is the seventh-ranked overall prospect in the state according to, and a top 25 national prospect, according to He scored 40 points in the finals of last week's Florida high school team camp.

Huertas, 16, is considered a strong, pure shooter who has the ability to create his shot off the dribble.

Huertas chose Florida over Louisville, Miami, Arizona, Kansas and St. John's. Florida and Louisville were his final two choices.

Kevin Brockway can be reached at (352) 374-5054 or by e-mail at

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