Clifton Park (N.Y.) Shenendehowa High shooting guard Kevin Huerter has been generating a lot of buzz recently as his game develops and he performs well in the AAU circuit. One high major recently got involved, the big in-state school Syracuse. There is a catch, however.
Huerter is currently a member of the 2016 class, but the Orange want him in 2017. Part of the reason is due to their scholarship restrictions as a result of NCAA sanctions. The other reason is that Huerter is young for his class and could use a year of prep school to develop physically and mentally.
"I was obviously really excited," Huerter said. "Prep school was something I was already thinking about so the 2017 wasn't a problem."
Huerter says he is currently "50/50" on the prep school route and is still in the process of making that decision. He hopes to have that decision made by mid-summer.
"I'm still just taking in different opinions on it and trying to figure out first where I'm going to college then go from there," Huerter said. "I've already seen a couple prep schools, but I'll still wait a little before committing to actually going to a prep school."
The fact that the 6-foot-5 guard and his family have been discussing the possibility before Syracuse offered in such a manner is good for the Orange. They already have many things working in their favor when it comes to Huerter's recruitment.
"They are close to home," he said. "Only an hour drive so all my family and close friends could see me play. They are always competitive, have great coaches and play in the Carrier Dome."
In addition to all of that, he is developing a strong relationship with assistant coach Mike Hopkins, his primary recruiter.
"We have talked on the phone a couple times," Huerter said. "We really started talking a lot after our state championship run. He came to a couple games.
"I like him a lot and respect him very much. Our relationship is really good."
Huerter claims no favorites at this point and also holds offers from Georgia Tech, Marquette, Maryland, Miami, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rice and Xavier. He says even if he does reclassify to 2017, that does not necessarily mean Syracuse is the favorite. Right now, he has not begun to trim his list.
But that could change soon. Huerter indicated a narrowed list could be released within the next few weeks.