Kevin Huerter and Joshua Tomaic have been representing Maryland basketball on the international stage. Huerter has been playing for Kentucky’s Coach John Calipari and Team USA while Tomaic is suiting up for his native Spain in the FIBA U-19 World Cup.
After three games of group play, both teams made it out of their respective divisions unscathed, representing half of the undefeated teams left in the field.
Huerter has been solid in international play. He’s being used as a wing option off the bench, and his play has improved as the tournament progresses. He’s averaging 5.7 points, three rebounds and four assists in around 16 minutes a game. He’s making the most of his minutes, which bodes well for his confidence heading into next season.
The tournament also provides a look at how polished Tomaic’s game is after his redshirt season. He’s starting to look comfortable at the international level and is looking like he’ll be a solid addition to the Terps big man rotation next season.
After scoring just four points in his debut, Tomaic’s settled in to become a solid contributor for Spain. He came off the bench to score 10 points and grab seven rebounds in his second game, then ended group play with a nine-point, five-rebound game, albeit on 3-of-10 shooting.
There’s a fair amount of Maryland targets for the Class of 2018 competing in the tournament, too. The most notable are five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley, who’s playing with Huerter for Team USA, and four-star power forward Silvio De Sousa, who’s playing for Angola.
Quickley, the top-rated recruit in Maryland, is having a solid tournament. He’s averaging 7.7 points and three assists a game, with his best game coming against De Sousa and Angola. He finished with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, going 3-of-5 from deep.
De Sousa, a friend of incoming Terp big Bruno Fernando, has been dominant so far this tournament. Angola has a 1-2 record, including a loss to the American contingent, but De Sousa is leading all forwards in scoring and rebounding, with an average of 16.7 points and 12.7 rebounds in group play. He led Angola with 19 points against Team USA, but snagged a tournament-low five rebounds.
The tournament’s Round of 16 takes place Wednesday: Team USA will face Mali, Spain takes on Iran, and Angola will match up with Canada. From here on out, every game is win-or-go-home.
In other news
The Diamond Stone trade mentioned in yesterday’s MM became final. The former Terp is headed to the Hawks, as part of a three-team sign-and-trade to get Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers.
It’s almost time for lacrosse’s next wave of All-Americans to head to College Park. There’s a lot of pressure going to a program coming off two lacrosse championships.
Melo Trimble is expected to make his actual summer league debut on Wednesday. The fact he sat an entire game shows just how hard it is the crack the league.
Left guard is the only position on the offensive line DJ Durkin won’t return a starter. There’s a shot Sean Christie can step in.
In local news, Frances Tiafoe, a 19-year old College Park native, spent his Fourth of July playing the opening round of the Wimbledon. He won in four sets.
Frances Tiafoe, a 19-year old tennis player from College Park, MD, is currently playing in the first round of Wimbledon— Steven Dilsizian (@S_Dilsizian) July 4, 2017
And finally, the Terps made three-star linebacker Keshon Artis’ top eight. Artis plays middle linebacker for Oscar Smith in Virginia Beach, and, in terms of top eight lists, this video is pretty cool.
In case you missed one of those, here’s the full list.