UVa Commit Jay Huff On The Mend After Early Summer Injury

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One of Jay Huff’s top priorities this offseason was to work on his physical development. Unfortunately for the Voyager Academy (Durham, N.C.) rising senior and University of Virginia men’s basketball commitment, offseason plans were dealt a blow when he suffered a broken bone in his right hand while at a team camp at the University of South Carolina in June.

“He spent several days in a splint and six weeks in a cast. Certainly, that put a damper on what we were trying to accomplish,” said Voyager Academy head coach Mike Huff, who is Jay’s father. “He has been able to do lower body stuff. It hasn’t been the offseason we wanted, but he is still working hard. One of the benefits of breaking his right hand is he was able to work with his left hand. Right after he got his cast off, we went to camp at Washington State and he made some 3s with his left hand. Basically, he was playing with his left hand and he impressed a lot.”

This fall, Jay hopes to get back on track in terms of building strength and size.

“Early mornings at school, Jay will do weight training. That stuff will come as the year goes on. Certainly, this summer was a setback,” Mike Huff said.

Coach Huff estimates Jay’s wrist and hand are about “75 or 80 percent” healthy right now. Jay is expected to be back at 100-percent health when his senior season rolls around. The 6’11” forward – Jay is almost a solid 6’11” and weighs 190 pounds right now – is expected to play a big role on what should be a state championship contender.

“This team is going to be really good,” said Mike Huff, who guided Voyager Academy to a 29-3 overall record in 2014/2015. “We have a lot of seniors, which is great for next year and bad for the following year (laughs). I think we have a chance to be one of the top three or four teams in state.”

Jay is known as a skilled big man who can step out and shoot from long range. Coach Huff discussed the areas he wants to see his son improve in this coming season.

“For Jay, the big thing is leadership,” Mike Huff said. “He came here and some guys ahead of him had been together for a long time. Now that group has graduated out. Jay has been a leader