It’s going to be a busy Signing Day for the Huerter family, to say the least.
Before the sun rises Nov. 11, the first day of the early basketball signing period, Erin Huerter and her son, Kevin, will make the 2.5-hour drive from Clifton Park, N.Y., to Cheshire, Conn., for Thomas Huerter’s ceremony. The 6-foot-6 wing, who did a prep year at Cheshire Academy, is set to ink a Letter of Intent to Siena during a 10:15 a.m. event. But as soon as that ceremony ends, the Huerters will hightail it back to Clifton Park for Kevin Huerter’s own signing event at Shenendehowa High. The 6-5 shooting guard, of course, will ink his letter to Maryland.
“It’s a very proud day for the Huerter family,” said Kevin Huerter, who committed to the Terps Sept. 5 following an official visit to College Park, Md. “It’s definitely exciting and a huge honor for our family. Unfortunately my dad [Thomas Huerter] is out of town, but my mom and I are going up to see my brother and then we’re all coming back for my ceremony in our school library. I’ll be signing with a few of my classmates, and there’s going to be a lot of family and coaches there. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Huerter said he “never had a doubt” he’d be signing with UMD, the school he chose over Michigan, Notre Dame, Xavier, Syracuse and others.
“I’m definitely excited about it; I’ve been thinking about this [signing with Maryland] ever since I committed,” Huerter said. “I’m really excited to get down there and play. It’s just a great program and a great place, and I honestly can’t wait.”
Huerter has remained in close contact with both Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and his recruiter, Dustin Clark, since his pledge. He said the conversations have tapered off a bit of late with UMD preparing for its season, but the New York native still exchanges multiple texts with both each week.
“We talk about a lot of housekeeping things like making sure the paperwork is straight and schoolwork and things like that, but they’ve also given me some specific things to concentrate on,” Huerter said. “Basically Coach Turgeon and Coach Clark want me to start paying attention to specific things they do during games, like how the offense and defense works and the system they run. They want me to start figuring out exactly how things work so I have a good idea what to expect when I get there.”
Naturally, Huerter knew the Terps’ style before he committed, but now he’s delving deeper into Turgeon’s system. He already got a taste at Maryland’s Oct. 17 Midnight Madness event, which the shooting guard attended.
“That was a really good experience, because Coach Nima [Omidvar] came over and was explaining some of the different plays they’d be running and what to look for,” Huerter said. “I noticed how, offensively, it’s a lot of ball movement, a lot of different reads, a lot of decision making that goes on every play. You really have to play unselfishly and move the ball in that offense for it to work. Maryland definitely has the guys to make it work, and hopefully I can come in and add to that.”
While on campus Oct. 17, Huerter had a chance to meet his fellow class of 2016 Terps’ signee, Anthony Cowan (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.). The pair are planning on sending in their Letters of Intent at the same time Nov. 11.
“We hadn’t really talked too extensively yet, so it was great to meet him and watch the scrimmage with him,” Huerter said of the St. John’s point guard. “We were talking about different guys we know, guys we know on the team, different things Maryland does. He’s a really good guy, and I can’t wait to play with him.
“Anthony and I are going to be great together. We complement each other really well, and we can play off each other. He’s a true point guard and very unselfish, so that should make him very easy to play with. I’m excited and I think we could potentially log a lot of minutes together.”
Huerter is aware the Terps are trying to add more pieces to their 2016 class as well. Both Huerter and Cowan met target Mario Kegler (Oak Hill/Mouth of Wilson, Va.) Oct. 17, although neither of the two Maryland commits were sure the talented wing would be joining UMD’s class Nov. 11.
“We know Maryland wants to bring in someone else maybe in the spring, so we’ll see what they’re able to do,” said Huerter, who mentioned he’s concentrating on his on-ball defense, ball-handling and driving this year. “Me and Anthony were talking to Mario and hanging with him, but who knows where he’ll end up. [Cowan and I] didn’t really talk too much about recruits, but either way it’s a great class and I think Anthony and I can really help Maryland.”
Huerter hasn’t been able to evaluate the current Terps’ squad like Cowan, who lives just minutes from College Park, Md. But the New York guard said he’s seen enough to know this year’s Maryland squad could be special.
“They’ve got depth, they’ve got talent, they’ve got size, and then they have great chemistry and leadership too,” said Huerter, who will attempt to make at least one UMD game this year. “I don’t see a weakness at all. I think they have the potential to compete with anyone in the country and make a run at a national championship. Right now, Maryland is a really exciting program to be joining.”