Jay Huff Concludes HS Career As State Champ

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Huff at the 2016 1A State Championship Game (Photo by Beth Jewell of HighSchoolOT.com)
Huff at the 2016 1A State Championship Game (Photo by Beth Jewell of HighSchoolOT.com)

Jay Huff closed out his high school career the way every player wants to, with a state championship win. Moreover, the 6’11” senior earned Most Valuable Player honors for his performance in leading Voyager Academy (Durham, N.C.) to a 69-56 win over Winston-Salem Prep in the NCHSAA 1-A boys basketball state championship game.

Huff, part of a Virginia 2016 Class rated anywhere from no. 5 nationally (247Sports) to no. 12 nationally (Scout.com) by the four main national recruiting outlets, posted 14 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks against Winston-Salem Prep.

“It started early,” Voyager Academy head coach Mike Huff said, recalling his son’s performance in the 1A title game. “They have a very good inside player who is only 6’7” but outweighed Jay by 30 pounds. Jay blocked his shot three straight times, which kind of set the tone for the game. Definitely, he not only was blocking shots – they had him with 10 blocks, but I’d say it was at least 10 – but he also changed a lot of shots. They were 18-of-74 from the floor. On the defensive end, he was a major force. He took what was there on the offensive end. He got a lot of stuff inside. He passed the ball well. He had a really good all-around game.”

“Throughout the year, every team we played would focus on getting him out,” Coach Huff added. “There was a lot of grabbing and pushing,

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