Kevin Huerter’s days with Maryland basketball probably aren’t done, but the 6’7 wing has entered his name into the 2018 NBA Draft, the school announced Friday.
Huerter averaged 14.8 points, five rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in his sophomore season. He shot 50.3 percent from the floor, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 75.8 percent at the foul line. He only had a handful of dominant performances, but was perhaps Maryland’s most consistent player. Declaring for the draft without an agent will allow Huerter to receive feedback from NBA teams, which he will most likely take back to College Park with him as he prepares for 2018-19 with the Terps.
This is a different situation than that of Justin Jackson, who declared with plans to hire an agent in March and is done playing in college, and Bruno Fernando, who declared earlier this month and seems to be a coin flip to stay or leave. Huerter is being listed as a second-rounder at best in most mock drafts, so it’s highly unlikely his stock skyrockets in the next few weeks, although that remains an outside possibility.
Assuming Huerter ultimately returns, Maryland will bring an experienced and talented backcourt into next season. Anthony Cowan will run the point with Huerter on the wing, and the supporting cast will include sophomore Darryl Morsell and freshmen Aaron Wiggins, Eric Ayala and Serrel Smith. Huerter appears to be the only remaining potential departure from that group, and it remains to be seen if Maryland adds another piece for good measure. There’s still time for all the pieces to fall into place.