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BREAKING: Kevin Huerter Drafted No. 19 by Atlanta Hawks

June 21, 2018 - 10:11 pm

By Joe Schiller

On the biggest night of his young basketball career, Kevin Huerter didn't have to wait long. He’s found his home.

The former Maryland guard was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 19th overall pick.

Surrounded by friends, teammates and family in New York, it was quite the scene.

Huerter was a standout guard for the Terrapins for two seasons in College Park. He averaged 14.8 points per game and shot 42% from beyond the arch his sophomore season.

Huerter declared for the NBA draft in April but didn’t hire an agent, allowing him to test the waters. A strong combine performance saw his draft stock rise and scouts and pundits alike projected him as a first-round pick.

The potential for that opportunity and a massive payday was something Huerter couldn’t afford to pass up and rightfully so. He was selected even earlier than expected, great news for the 19-year old.

The Hawks, who also held the 3rd overall pick, traded with the Dallas Mavericks to select Oklahoma guard Trae Young with the 5th overall pick. They get two dynamic scorers that can shoot from the outside. It’s already begun to stir some discussion of a younger “Splash Brothers duo,” imitating the likes of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

Huerter will look to make an immediate impact as a rookie for the worst team in the Eastern Conference last season. He and Young bring much-needed excitement to Atlanta and new head coach Lloyd Pierce.