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Kevin Huerter staying in NBA Draft, leaving Maryland basketball

His college career is over after two seasons.

After two years with Maryland basketball, Kevin Huerter is off to the professional world.

The 6’7 guard will remain in the NBA Draft and officially ending his college career, as first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo. After ensuing reports that Huerter had not officially made a decision, he announced his departure on Instagram.

Huerter started all 65 of Maryland’s games during his two years with the Terps, and his numbers rose across the board from his freshman to his sophomore season. In 2017-18, he averaged 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game with a .503/.417/.758 shooting line.

Huerter was not widely expected to remain in the draft past this deadline when he declared without an agent in April. At that point in the cycle, he was projected as a second-round pick at best. But his stock rose steadily over the following month, and his NBA combine performance made him a trendy late first-round prospect. Ultimately, that outlook—and the potential seven-figure guaranteed contract that would come with a top-30 selection—was too good to refuse.

The Terps entered this week waiting on decisions from both Huerter and center Bruno Fernando. The latter announced he was returning to Maryland on Monday afternoon, which should still make Maryland a competitive team in the Big Ten this season. Had Huerter returned to the mix, the Terps likely would have earned top-20 rankings in preseason polls. His departure most likely means an increased role for Aaron Wiggins, a four-star prospect with a similar (albeit less developed) skill set.

In the past two draft cycles, Maryland waited until the last minute for Melo Trimble and Justin Jackson to return to school. Fernando continued the trend earlier in the week, but Huerter has given the Terps their first taste of decision-deadline heartbreak.