Voyager Academy (Durham, N.C.) senior forward/center Jay Huff traveled to Charlottesville the weekend of September 11-13 for an official visit, which served as an opportunity for the 6’11” standout to get to know his future coaches and teammates — including the rest of UVa’s class of 2016 — and also receive a glimpse of what’s to come in his college career.
Jay discussed his official visit and other topics in this “Q&A” feature.
The Early Signing Period isn’t far away (November 11-15). Are you ready to sign a letter of intent with the Hoos?
“Oh yeah. Definitely. I was hoping there would be an Early Signing Period because I don’t want to wait until after the season. I’m 100-percent. I never once thought about reneging on my commitment,” Jay Huff said.
What initially drew you to UVa?
“I think a big part of it was the coaching staff. The first guy to come to recruit me was Coach Sanchez. He didn’t sugarcoat anything. He didn’t say, ‘We need you immediately’ or anything like that. He gave me things to work on, which was a lot different but honest. I really liked that. Then I talked to Coach Bennett on the phone. He’s just a genuine person. First, both he and I are Christians, which is an instant connection. We are comfortable talking about our faith with each other. Also, he didn’t just recruit me because I’m a basketball player. I have other interests. I thought he was different than any of the others. The main thing, really, was the coaching staff as well as Coach Curtis,” Huff said.
What position does Coach Bennett envision you playing at UVa?
“Well I know that I at least got the vibe that they would want me to shoot the ball and be able to step out, so I don’t feel I’ll ever be a true center. Right now, I don’t have a position. I’ll play whatever position I’m needed at,” Huff said.
Rob Harrington of Scout.com feels you are an underrated shot-blocker. Could you see yourself being a rim-protector type on the defensive end in college?
“I definitely feel like [shot-blocking] has been an area of expertise...
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