Coach Mark Turgeon is tearing it up in the recruiting department yet again with two top-100 commitments for the class of 2016 and we're only just entering September.
To pair up with his first commit, rim-attacking point guard Anthony Cowan, Turgeon now adds 6-foot-5 shooting guard Kevin Huerter (pronounced Hurt-er) to the mix. Maryland is expected to lose much of its starting lineup as expected starters Rasheed Sulaimon and Jake Layman are both playing in their final year of eligibility, and Diamond Stone and Melo Trimble are already projected as first-round picks, meaning Turgeon will likely have a lot of holes to fill before the start of the 2016 season.
Here's an early guess as to what the Terrapins depth chart may look like next season:
There are a lot of ifs and buts, however, it's pretty safe to say Turgeon will land a big-man recruit, as opposed to the two guards who have already committed. Whether he's able to land Wenyen Gabriel, Josh Jackson, Mario Kegler or someone else, we'll have to wait on that one.
What we do know is Huerter's decision has at least turned one shooting guard, Brandon Robinson, away from the Terps. He canceled his visit scheduled to Maryland for this upcoming weekend and replaced it with a visit to Georgia Tech.
With less congestion in the backcourt, Huerter should have comfortable minutes behind Wiley and Nickens at the 2-guard, and learn behind guys who have played in Turgeon's system for what at that time will be three years.
Huerter is likely to stick around College Park for a few, if not all four years, himself. He's just 180 pounds and has a relatively skinny frame. Huerter met the man who'll be expected to transform his body, training guru Kyle Tarp, on his first unofficial visit to Maryland in August. Tarp contributed to Jake Layman's 21-pound weight gain from this summer, so one can only wonder what he can do to Huerter over the course of potentially four seasons.
As for Huerter's game, his red-hair matches the flames he fires from behind the arc. In 15 games with his AAU team Albany City Rocks this past summer Huerter shot 43.6% on 94 attempts, featuring an 8 for 14 showing in a 30-point effort in his final game. He averaged 13.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists over that same span, leading his team to a 10-5 record.
Prior to that, Kevin, alongside his older brother Thomas, led Shenendehowa High School to its first state title in 28 years. In the championship game the Huerter brothers combined for more than half their teams' 76 points with Kevin scoring 25, and Thomas adding 22 points. Thomas will attend Cheshire Academy preparatory school this year.
Here are some video highlights of Huerter, so you can see a glimpse of what Maryland is getting with this commitment:
Maryland locked in a versatile guard who will only continue to fill out his body and improve his game. After a long summer of recruiting and the weight of some extremely high expectations on his shoulders for the upcoming season, Turgeon once again delivered, landing a Labor Day commitment from another top recruit.