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April 25, 2014

Hoops: Transfer Cole Huff likely to visit

Nevada forward Cole Huff met with Michigan assistant coach LaVall Jordan Tuesday in Reno with a potential visit hanging on Mitch McGary's status. With McGary leaving for the NBA, Huff will now likely visit U-M as soon as next week.

The 6-8 Huff averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Nevada. He shot 45.1 percent from the field and a team-best 40.3 percent from the three-point line playing 32.2 minutes per game, but asked for a release from his scholarship after the season so he could focus more on his ball skills in addition to his pick and pop ability.

"He's got great skills," Team Eleate AAU coach Marvin Lea said Friday. "He can shoot it, put it on the floor. He's super skilled, and that's his main thing. He can rebound, score it any which way, shoot the three and score off the bounce - and he's 6-8."

Huff was initially supposed to play for former Michigan coach Steve Fisher at San Diego State, but ended up at Nevada when that didn't work out due to an injury, Lea said. He's planning on visiting Creighton Sunday, Iowa May 2 and Dayton on May 9 and has met with assistants from all but the latter. Those four schools are his finalists.

"I know he was leaving that last visit open for Michigan," Lea said. "He likes them and the way they play, their coaches. He likes Michigan a lot."

Huff confirmed as much in a Friday night text before he finalized visit plans with the Michigan coaches.

Michigan didn't recruit Huff out of Campbell Hall High School in Los Angeles, but learned of his transfer through team manager Josh Langer, a fellow Los Angeles native who has trained with Huff. The coaches will now have the chance to recruit him, though he'll have to sit out a year before playing two more wherever he ends up.

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