Another one of the combine’s stars is off to the NBA a year earlier than we expected.
Maryland wing Kevin Huerter will remain in the NBA draft, signing with an agent and forgoing his final two years of eligibility, an NBA source confirmed.
Huerter is a 6-foot-7 wing that averaged 14 points and shot 42 percent from three this past season. There were some concerns over his toughness and just how much of an impact he would provide on the defensive end of the floor, but the work that he did at the NBA combine helped convince GMs that he would be worth a pick in the 20s.
Sports Illustrated was the first to report the news.
This is a massive blow to a Maryland team that appeared to be a top 20 team heading into next season. The Terps still return Anthony Cowan and they got Bruno Fernando back for another season, which, when combined with a healthy roster and a talented recruiting class, should be enough to get Mark Turgeon back to the NCAA tournament.
But Huerter would have been a first-team all-Big Ten player. He would have made Maryland a threat to win a wide-open Big Ten, and his departure leaves Maryland in a difficult spot. They are currently 24th in the NBC Sports preseason top 25.