Huerter Setting Visits; Terps Firmly In Play

Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.) class of 2016 shooting guard Kevin Huerter is about to finish final exams, and by the end of June he should finally be ready to commence on several intended college visits.

Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.) class of 2016 shooting guard Kevin Huerter is about to finish final exams, and by the end of June he should finally be ready to commence on several intended college visits. The 6-foot-5, 180-pounder hasn’t finalized his schedule yet, but said he definitely wants to see Maryland, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Michigan, while he’ll trip to Iowa and Villanova if there’s time.

“My schedule is about to free up, so I’m excited to get out and see some of these schools,” said Huerter, who holds offers from UMD, UND, Iowa, Syracuse, Villanova, Davidson, Creighton, Florida State, Xavier, Marquette, Vanderbilt, Miami and others. “We’ll definitely get out to some of the schools that have been pushing for me and that I’m interested in. There’s a lot of schools pushing for me, but I want to see Maryland, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Michigan definitely, and then Iowa and Villanova.”

The Terps have had an offer out to Hueter since the first live evaluation period back in April, although assistant Dustin Clark knew about the Albany City Rocks sharpshooter well before that. Hueter said Clark, and now Turgeon, have left a deep impression on him, which is one of the primary reasons he’s eager to see College Park, Md., either later this June or in July.

“I talk to Maryland a lot -- just as much as, if not more than, other schools,” Huerter said. “Coach Turgeon came in for an in-home visit after the live period, and that really showed me how interested they were in me and wanted me there. Coach Turgeon really impressed my parents too, and we think he’s a great coach.

“And Coach Clark, he’s always talking to me and telling me how great of a fit I’d be there. He was one of the first [major] college coaches to get in touch with me, and we have a really good relationship too.”

Huerter said Turgeon has stressed how well he’d fit into Maryland’s system. The New York guard said he likes how the Terps play at an up-tempo pace, use multiple guards and “really gets them involved” in the offense.

“I want to play in a system that has a lot of guards on the court, has multiple guys handling the ball, and has multiple guys bringing the ball up. I like teams that allow their guards to run, pass and shoot a lot, so Maryland definitely fits what I like to do,” Huerter said. “Coach Turgeon, he likes how I can play multiple positions -- they think I can play off the ball or on the ball -- and really want me to go there and get me on campus. He thinks I’ll be a really good fit there.”

Huerter went on to compliment Maryland’s program in general. A college basketball aficionado, he knows all about the Terps’ history in the ACC and the current state of the program under Turgeon.

“Maryland obviously is a great program, a program on the rise. When Coach [Gary] Williams left they had a couple mediocre seasons, but the last couple years Coach Turgeon has built it back up to be a national powerhouse like they had been,” Huerter said. “They’re a preseason No. 1, they have a lot of talent returning, a lot of talent coming in – it’s a program that interests me a lot. The coaching staff thinks they can make a run and be good for years to come, so it’s an attractive option for me, and I want to check them out.”

Of course, it won’t be the only stop Huerter makes this summer. Michigan, Notre Dame and Syracuse are also on the docket.

“I really like Michigan a lot. Coach [John] Beilein came for an in-home visit and came to my school, and he’s done great things there,” Huerter said. “They haven’t offered yet, but the way they do it, they wait until you get on campus first. So I really want to get out there and see what they’re about.

“And Notre Dame, that was a big offer for me. Coach [Mike] Brey recruits a lot of Albany City Rocks guys; two Rocks guys are going there next year. And one thing about Notre Dame is I really like the way they play, and I think it fits my style well.”

Syracuse’s offer actually isn’t for this year. With SU’s limited scholarship numbers in 2016, they’d prefer to take Huerter in the 2017 class.

Which the New York product is receptive to.

“I’m still very interested in Syracuse; it’s close to home and it’s a great program I’ve been around a lot,” Huerter said. “But there’s no specific school besides Syracuse that said they definitely wanted me only for 2017. All the rest are saying they’ll take me in either class, whatever I decide to do.

“And I was thinking about prep school anyway, before I even blew up. I’ve talked about it with a bunch of different schools. Either a prep year, a redshirt year, it would just be another year to get stronger and better too. A lot of schools have said I can go in there as a true freshman and they could take me either way. But I have a year to make that decision; I don’t know yet at this point what I’m going to do.”

Regardless of what class year he’s in, Huerter said he’d like to have a college selected by late August or early fall. He said he should have a good idea where he’ll be heading following these upcoming trips.

“We’ll have to see how it goes, but I’m thinking end of summer or shortly after that I’ll make my decision,” said Huerter, who noted the primary factors he’s looking for in a school are player-coach relationships, best offensive fit and a program with solid academics (early playing time is not a primary concern). “I could possibly sign by the early signing period [in November]; that would be ideal. But we’ll see how it goes.”

As far as his game is concerned, Huerter established himself as an elite recruit during the live period events in Hampton, Va., an Lexington, Kent. He ended up garnering offers from SU, UMD, Vandy, Marquette, Xavier, Iowa, Notre Dame and others in the process, while Michigan, Gonzaga, Indiana an Oregon are showing interest.

“I played well in both live period events, and picked up a lot of new offers. I’m finding guys on the court well, distributing well and being really efficient with how I score. I’m not taking a lot of shots, but I’m still scoring a lot of points. I had 30 at our last session in Minneapolis,” said Huerter, who will participate in the LeBron James camps in L.A. June 26, the Peach Jam July 12 and the AAU nationals later that month. “Every college coach likes how I can find guys and play multiple positions, but the thing going forward is just developing my body and getting stronger.”

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