Earlier this week, Maryland commit Kevin Huerter was named to the USA Basketball U-18 roster this week. The 6'6 180 pound shooting guard from Clifton Park, NY will get an early opportunity to play under Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon, an assistant coach for the U-18 team.
Huerter has accomplished a lot in his high school career with Shenendehowa High School, including being named as a Gatorade NY Player of the Year, the 4th player in Shenendehowa history to reach 1,000 points, and becoming the newest logo for his high school. In his senior season, he averaged 21.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. A lot of that performance came from his perimeter prowess, shooting 43 percent from the arc. That should allow him to be a nice target for senior point guard Melo Trimble, which is needed after 4/5ths of the team's starting 5 either graduated or declared for the NBA Draft You can see how easy he makes 3's in the clips below.
Huerter, ranked 49th in ESPN's top 100 beat out several high ranked 5 star players for a spot on the U-18 team in hopes of competing for a gold medal in Chile and a trip to the 2017 World Cup Championship. Huerter seems to have been playing under the radar, but his recent performance and a spot on the roster will soon open eyes. As we've recently seen with how incoming Marquette guard Markus Howard recently played at the U-17 tournament, it's more than possible that an unheralded prospect can come into a tournament in shine.
While Maryland fans may have not known much about Kevin Huerter due to his status as a four-star prospect, a strong performance in the U-18 tournament could get a lot of Maryland fans hyped when he steps foot onto the Xfinity Center for the 2016-2017 season.