Dream interrupted. A year ago Danny Huffor was living his dream of being a professional basketball player. To make it happen, the former Lely High sports star traveled to Glasgow, Scotland for a tryout with the Glasgow Rocks.
His mother Carolyn's family lived just 30 minutes from Glasgow and that relationship gave him dual citizenship status. In his first game he played 10 minutes and admitted to being nervous. The game was played at a high pace, it was a way different level from college," he said.
In just his second game, as a shooting guard, he tallied 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 5 steals. The Rocks finished fifth in the British Basketball League, but Huffor helped ignite the team in the playoffs, not losing until the semifinal round.
He was selected to play for Team Scotland, with the first game being a "Friendly" against England. Although Team Scotland lost, Huffor poured in 35 points. Team Scotland again selected Huffor to play in the European Championships in July. In the win over Spain, Huffor scored 17 points, hauled down 7 rebounds and made seven steals.
In the next game he would play just seven minutes, then his dream came crashing down.
"I was going in a for a layup and slipped on a wet spot," he recalls. "When I came down I heard my knee pop," he said.
He suffered a torn ACL to his left leg.
"I couldn't move after I fell. It was one of the worst things I could ever have imagined," he said.
After the European Championships he was to have set down with Rocks management to talk about a new contract.
"I didn't know what to think," he said.
Two days later he was on a flight home.
A consolation of sorts was that he sat next to legendary sportscaster Dick Vitale. The conversation was mostly small talk. A photo of the two was taken and Vitale wished Huffor luck in recovering.
The Huffors decided on the Miami Heat surgeon, Dr. Harlan Selesnick, to do the surgery. It is the same surgeon that did surgery on Wayne Wade's right leg. Huffor underwent therapy for three weeks to get ready for the surgery on Aug. 21.
Huffor thought he would recuperate more quickly, but the doctor advised him to take a year off. He has been working with Miami Heat trainers since.
"I miss playing and the Rocks moved into a new stadium," Huffor said. "They (management) understand it needed to be done. I know the team misses me and I miss playing."
His life now is not all glum. He did modeling in Glasgow and has continued in the states with Megamodels in Miami and signed an agreement with Sports and Lifestyles Unlimited that works with Nike and other companies.
His basketball future – he wants to go back to the Rocks, but there may be other opportunities after a successful first season. "The team (Rocks) owners (Ian and Celeste Reed) have been very good to me," he said. "(However,) I know other teams were looking at me before the injury."
For now it is physical therapy, then testing it with trainers in more of a basketball-like workout session. Crunch time comes in late spring and the summer months. If all goes well, he could be back with the Rocks near the end of August.
"(Coach) Sterling (Davis) has kept in touch to see how my progress is going," Huffor said. "Everything will work itself out at the end of the day. I know my abilities and could take them somewhere else, but I have a high respect for the Glasgow Rocks."