University of Miami

Cops say top UM basketball recruit assaulted man hiding with ex-girlfriend

Dewan Huell when he announced committing to the University of Miami.
Dewan Huell when he announced committing to the University of Miami.

Dewan Huell of Miami Norland High, the most celebrated University of Miami basketball recruit in recent years, was arrested on charges of battery Tuesday afternoon in an FIU dorm room.

“I am aware of the reported incident involving Dewan Huell last night, and we are still gathering information,” said UM athletic director Blake James. “I have very high expectations for all of our student-athletes, as I know Coach Larrañaga does for his team, and any misconduct will be addressed.”

Coach Larrañaga, reached by phone Wednesday, said, “I just got back to town from recruiting, and I’m finding out about this. I have not had a chance to meet with Dewan yet, but I plan to meet with him and find out what happened. Dewan is a terrific kid and we’ll deal with this once we get all the information.”

According to a police report obtained by the Herald, Huell, 19, barged into his ex-girlfriend Autum Williams’ dorm room at FIU’s West Dade campus at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, and found her in the closet with male visitor Samuel J. Bailey. Police say Huell, who is listed as 6-10 and 220 pounds, grabbed Bailey by his shirt and “forcefully dragged him out of the room,” leaving him with scratches on his neck and chest.

Huell was arrested by FIU police and transported to the Miami-Dade Corrections Turner Guilford Knight facility.

Huell is scheduled to begin his freshman season with the Hurricanes next month. He was rated the nation’s No. 21 recruit by ESPN and played on three state championship teams with Norland. He averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds last season and was the Miami Herald 8A-6A Player of the Year.

Herald writer Charles Rabin contributed to this report.