Four-star Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.) shooting guard Kevin Huerter had been eager to visit Maryland ever since the April evaluation period, and on Aug. 2 the 6-foot-5, 180-pounder was finally able to check out College Park, Md. Both Huerter and his father spent a full day with head coach Mark Turgeon and assistant Dustin Clark, giving the pair a detailed first look at one of the New York product’s foremost suitors.
“Maryland was really impressive; it was a really good unofficial,” said Huerter, who is considering UMD, Notre Dame, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Villanova and Creighton. “Everything we saw was great, and we all really liked what we saw there. We loved it. I definitely want to go back for an official visit, and we’re scheduling that now for sometime in September.”
During the initial foray through Maryland, Huerter had a chance to have multiple sit-downs with Turgeon, Clark, and the rest of the staff; tour the campus; check out the various Under Armour gear; see the Xfinity Center; chat with trainer Kyle Tarp; and break down film.
The latter, in particular, resonated with Huerter.
“My favorite part was at the end when they were showing us a highlight film. They were showing me how they space the floor, run different sets and motions, and how a lot of guys touch the ball and score,” Huerter said. “They showed me exactly how I’d fit in and what they thought I could do there, and that was very helpful and gave me a great idea what I’d be doing there.
“So basically Coach Turgeon sees me as a combo guard, someone who can bring the ball up; go on the wing; get a lot of read situations to make plays for other guys; and have other guys make plays for me. I can be another guy who can pass, shoot, dribble and knows how to play. I liked what they were saying; that’s what I wanted to hear. I’ll fit in well there if I choose to go there.”
One of Huerter’s primary concerns coming out of high school is his ability to adapt to the physicality of major-college basketball. He’s admitted previously he was considering the prep school route to build up his body. But after meeting with Maryland’s Kyle Tarp, Huerter’s fairly confident he could be ready to contribute sans prep year.
“Their trainer was great; he’s specific to basketball and was really impressive,” Huerter said. “He uses a lot of new technology in workouts, ways the coaches can monitor the workload of guys all the way through. Then he showed us workouts he’s done with guys and before and after pictures of guys they’re bringing in. I mean, in just over a summer, from high school to freshman year, these guys looked 10 times better than they did two months before. I can see how a guy like [Tarp], he can help change my body and get me ready for Big Ten ball. That was great to see and learn about.”
The Albany City Rocks AAU star also talked up the campus and the Xfinty Center. He said he could envision himself living in College Park, while he was impressed with the size of Maryland’s arena. He noted how Maryland is a “very good” academic school, providing him with a great degree and plenty of post-graduate opportunities too.
But it’s his relationship with the staff, however, that has Huerter’s firm attention.
“Coach Turgeon has been great with me. He came up to see me for an in-home visit and he told me I’m a priority recruit [Aug. 2]. He really wants me there, and he wants me to come back as soon as possible,” Huerter said. “”[Turgeon] is someone my parents like a lot too and is someone they trust … Coach Clark is one of the coaches who talks to me the most, and I have a great relationship with him too. All the coaches I met at Maryland are great. I could definitely see myself playing for them.”
Huerter plans to spend the rest of August working out before vacationing later during the month. Then in September he wants to begin taking officials so he can see his various suitors while class is in session.
“That way I can get a better feel for the school and how I fit in,” Huerter said.
Some of the programs he’ll be looking at include a return to Maryland, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Villanova and Michigan.
“I like Maryland, I like Notre Dame, I like Michigan, ‘Nova, Vanderbilt …” Huerter said. “I still talk to Creighton a lot too, and there are some others in there.
“But what I’ll probably end up doing is scheduling four or five officials, and then taking a couple of them before seeing where I am. I’ll probably do a couple visits in September, one in early October, and then make my decision sometime in mid-October.”
Huerter Talks Up Terps Visit, Set To Return
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