Terps Have Huerter's Attention

Maryland’s Mark Turgeon has had a bead on Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.) 2016 guard Kevin Huerter since the initial April evaluation period in Hampton, Va., and the headman once again watched the 6-foot-5, 180-pounder in action April 24-25 at the EYBL tournament in Lexington, Kent.

Maryland’s Mark Turgeon has had a bead on Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.) 2016 guard Kevin Huerter since the initial April evaluation period in Hampton, Va., and the headman once again watched the 6-foot-5, 180-pounder in action April 24-25 at the EYBL tournament in Lexington, Kent. Huerter, who has held a Terps offer since mid-April, ended up averaging 14 points, five rebounds and five assists for Albany City Rocks, once again showing why he’s gone from just a couple mid-major offers to close to 20 two weeks later.

“Personally I’m very happy with how I’ve been playing,” said Huerter, who holds verbals from the likes of UMD, Baylor, Creighton, Davidson, Florida State, George Washington, Marquette, Iowa, Miami, Penn State, Texas Tech, Xavier, Rice and others. “The real question about me coming into the live period was how I would do against the best competition out there. And I think I really proved myself, and I’ve had a good couple of weekends in the EYBL.

“I think I did well making my shots, shooting at a high percentage and finding my teammates on the offensive end. I’m still working on my defense and rebounding, but I think I held my own on the offensive end.”

Huerter said he didn’t pay attention to what college coaches were watching his games in Lexington (“I try not to look so I don’t get distracted,” he said), but numerous assistants sent him messages letting him know they were there. The New York guard said he heard multiple times from Maryland, Creighton, Davidson, Penn State, Notre Dame, Iowa, George Washington, Villanova and Xavier staff members.

For Terps purposes, both Turgeon and recruiter Dustin Clark were on hand to see Huerter in action.

“Coach Turgeon actually came up to my home in New York [April 20] and he likes me a lot. He said I’m a priority for him, and he’d love to have me in the program. He said I’m his type of player,” Huerter said. “[Turgeon] was telling me how I could fit in with what they do and how my scoring and shooting would be a great asset for [the Terps].

“So right now I like Maryland a lot. It meant a lot that Coach Turgeon came up here to meet with me and my family, and it meant a lot to my parents too. My parents were saying they really enjoyed talking to Coach Turgeon, and they’d definitely be OK with me going to Maryland. And from what [Turgeon] was telling me, I could definitely see myself there too.”

Huerter has never been in College Park, Md., before, but is planning a campus visit either in June or July. He doesn’t know too much about the Terps other than what Turgeon told him, but he’s eager to learn more.

“I know they’re a top 15 team, they’re on the rise, and Coach Turgeon was telling me about the Under Armour sponsorship and how that’s helped the program,” Huerter said. “And I watched Maryland a little bit on TV this year and know they made the NCAA tournament. I know they won a championship too under Gary Williams, and he was a Hall of Fame coach. But one thing Coach Turgeon told me that stood out was that they’re looking to compete for titles there. Not just conference titles, but national titles.”

Besides College Park, Huerter said he’s looking to visit Xavier, Villanova, Creighton, Davidson, Penn State, Notre Dame, George Washington and possibly Iowa this summer. He said those staffs have shown him the most “love” up to this point, and he plans to reciprocate their interest by checking out their campuses.

Currently, Huerter is claiming no early standouts, nor are there any particular offers he’s hoping materialize. He noted how he really couldn’t begin naming favorites until after taking visits. So far, the only school he’s seen is UMass, when he watched the Minutemen take on Davidson last winter.

“Mainly I’m going to be looking for how I fit into the system, how I like the coaches, how I fit in on campus, and also the level of academics at the school,” Huerter said. “Academics will play a big part of it, and also I don’t want to go somewhere too far from home, because I want my parents to be able to see some of my games.”

Huerter has no clear timetable for selecting a school. He said he’s unsure if he’ll be someone who waits for next April’s late signing period or chooses his destination much sooner.

“I mean, if a school sticks out to me then I don’t see any reason to wait,” Huerter said. “But I plan to go through the process and take it slowly. I’m not in any hurry, but if I am positive about a school I’ll just commit.”

Huerter said most programs see him as a combo guard, someone who will primarily play the “two” but could bring the ball up on occasion as well. He said that’s currently the role he plays with Albany City Rocks and wouldn’t mind continuing at the college level.

“As long as I’m contributing I’ll play whatever role is asked,” Huerter said. “I’ll do what it takes to help my team win.”

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