Maryland guard Kevin Huerter will declare for the NBA draft but has not hired an agent, the school announced Friday afternoon.
The move, which will allow the 6-foot-7 sophomore to attend the NBA draft combine in Chicago and conduct individual workouts with NBA teams, is not unexpected. Huerter ranked second on the Terrapins this past season with 14.8 points per game and led the team with 73 three-pointers on 175 attempts.
“This will be a great experience for Kevin to get honest feedback from NBA teams and executives,” Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “Taking advantage of this opportunity will allow Kevin and his family to make an informed decision about his future.”
Huerter is the third Terrapins player this offseason to at least look into an early start to his professional career, after freshman big man Bruno Fernando and sophomore forward Justin Jackson. Fernando, like Huerter, has not hired an agent and has until May 30 to withdraw from the draft and return to college basketball. Jackson opted in late March to hire an agent and forgo his final two years of eligibility.
Any further departures would have major implications for a team that is trying to rebound from a disappointing 19-13 year that ended without a postseason appearance. Though Turgeon will welcome a strong recruiting class featuring McDonald’s all-American Jalen Smith, Huerter, Fernando and Jackson represented three of Maryland’s top four scorers last season after sophomore guard Anthony Cowan Jr. (15.8 points per game). In addition, reserve guard Dion Wiley announced last month his intention to transfer for his final season of eligibility.
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