David Huertas

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David Huertas
Hapoel Haifa
Position Shooting guard
League Liga Leumit
Personal information
Born (1987-06-02) June 2, 1987 (age 30)
Humacao, Puerto Rico
Nationality Puerto Rican
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school Colegio Bautista
Miami Christian School
Arlington Country Day School
College Florida (2005–2006)
Ole Miss (2007–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2002 Criollos de Caguas
2009–2014 Piratas de Quebradillas
2009–2010 Fos Ouest Provence Basket
2010–2011 Maroussi B.C.
2012 Metros de Santiago
2012 Obras Sanitarias
2012–2013 Panteras de Aguascalientes
2013–2015 Halcones Rojos de Veracruz
2015–2016 Capitanes de Arecibo
2016–present Hapoel Haifa
Career highlights and awards

David Huertas (born June 2, 1987) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player who currently plays for Hapoel Haifa in the Liga Leumit league. He is also a member of the Puerto Rican national team.

College career[edit]

Huertas committed to play NCAA basketball for the Florida Gators after leading his high school, Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Florida, to a state championship in his senior year.[1] In his freshman season for the Gators, he saw action in 35 games off the bench, averaging 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds for the team, en route to the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship. Students and the band members gave Huertas the nickname Rufio due to his resemblance to the character in the movie "Hook" played by Dante Basco.

Unhappy with his minor role on the team, Huertas transferred to the Ole Miss Rebels after the season.[2] Huertas sat out the 2006-07 season because of NCAA transfer rules. Huertas played for the Rebels in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, putting up solid numbers as a starting shooting guard. In the 2008-09 season, he was the Rebels' leading scorer, averaging 18.1 points per game while failing to reach double figures only once in thirty games played.[3] His 18.1 points per game was the fourth highest total in the Southeastern Conference.[4] Following the season, Huertas was selected to the All-Conference Second Team.

Professional career[edit]

Following his junior season, Huertas made the decision to turn professional, signing with Puerto Rican team Piratas de Quebradillas of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional.[5] He joined the Piratas midseason, helping the team reach the finals, where they fell to the Vaqueros de Bayamon in six games.

With the Puerto Rican season over, Huertas participated in the June 2009 Reebok Eurocamp, impressing many with his shooting accuracy.[6] After this performance, he was signed by French team Fos Ouest Provence Basket of the French ProB League.[7] He averaged 16.1 points per game over 23 games to finish as the league's fifth best scorer.[8]

Huertas then returned to the Piratas for the 2010 season. He averaged 16.1 points per game for the team, leading to them to the league semifinals, where they lost in seven games to eventual champions Capitanes de Arecibo. Huertas signed for newly promoted to the National League Hapoel Haifa on August 2016.[9]

International career[edit]

Huertas is also a member of the Puerto Rico national basketball team. He played with the team at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 2010 Centrobasket, helping the team win the gold medal at both tournaments.[8] He was selected to the national team roster for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey — his first major international tournament — after long-time players Christian Dalmau and Larry Ayuso left the team. David Huertas has been selected to represent Puerto Rico.


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