Kevin Huerter, freshman, guard/forward, No. 4
Collegiate Stats: N/A
Recruiting Ratings: Four stars, No. 64 player, No. 10 shooting guard, No. 4 player in New York in 2016 per 247Sports.
Who did Maryland beat out? Huerter was recruited by heavyweights like Villanova and North Carolina, but in the end Maryland edged out Michigan and Notre Dame, the two other schools to which he took official visits.
High School: Shenendehowa Central HS
Hometown: Clifton Park, NY
How’d He Get to College Park?
Huerter is not as good of a shooting guard prospect as Josh Jackson who picked Kansas over Maryland and others, but he was an important target for the Terps. The New York native committed to Maryland over a year ago after an official visit three days prior. Huerter spent part of his summer vacation winning a gold medal with Mark Turgeon as his assistant coach.
High school highlights
Huerter pushes past Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens to start during Big Ten play, shoots over 40 percent from beyond the arc, and finishes the year averaging double-digit scoring.
The Terrapins had an incredibly talented starting rotation last season, but they lacked depth. This year will be the other way around, as Mark Turgeon will look to see which pieces are best to start the game and who will come off the bench. Huerter will probably begin the season coming off the bench behind the likes of Wiley and Nickens because Turgeon tends to break freshmen in slowly.
Once he finds a better understanding of Maryland’s offensive and defensive schemes, Huerter could realistically push Jared Nickens for a starting spot if he proves to be a better spot-up shooter. The expectations for Huerter vary, but if he is able to knock down two 3-pointers a game at better than 40 percent from beyond the arc, he will become a vital part of the Terps’ offense.
It is possible that Huerter could stay as Maryland’s sixth man because of his versatility to play either shooting guard or small forward. In addition, Turgeon has praised the natural stroke of the freshman, which will get him consistent playing time. The wing player has grown three inches since Maryland first started recruiting him, and at 6’7, Huerter can help out in the rebounding department that hurt the team last year.
Huerter might not be all there yet, but he has the potential to become an elite three-point threat in the college basketball game. That kind of luxury will be essential if Maryland hopes to make a deep NCAA tournament run.
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