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Terps’ Kevin Huerter Officially Heading to NBA Draft

May 30, 2018 - 1:45 pm

By Joe Schiller 

Waiting until the final day to make the most important decision of his young basketball career, Kevin Huerter is remaining in the NBA draft and will hire an agent. The would-be junior is forgoing the final two years of his college career to embark on a professional journey.

Huerter -- along with teammate Bruno Fernando -- announced their intentions to enter the NBA draft but did not hire an agent, allowing them to test the waters with the option to return back to Maryland. The Terrapins received great news with Fernando’s return, but after a strong combine performance for Huerter, he’s looking to take advantage of the opportunity at the next level.

The 19-year old was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention last season, averaging 14.8 points per game. Huerter’s 6’7” length and deadeye three-point shooting quickly caught the eyes of NBA scouts. He shot 41.7% from beyond the arc and showed off NBA three-point range throughout all of last season. That drew plenty of professional comparisons to Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.

In a press release from the University of Maryland, Huerter offered plenty of praises and thanks, saying:

“First off, thank you Terp Nation...for everything...The last two years playing for Maryland, and at XFINITY Center has been a dream come true. To all my teammates, past and current, not much needs to be said; you’re all my brothers. I waited [until the] last minute because I truly didn’t know what I was going to do. I love College Park, playing for Coach Turgeon, and everything else that comes with being a student at Maryland. But, I will be keeping my name in the draft, with the intent to hire an agent.”

According to ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman, Huerter is projected to be a late first-round pick in June.