The Maryland Terrapins got some tough news earlier this week when news broke that Kevin Huerter would be remaining in the 2018 NBA Draft and departing the program. He had previously declared without an agent and fans had been waiting to hear whether he would return to school or take his shot at the professional level.
Huerter played two seasons with the Terrapins after arriving on campus with a fair bit of hype. He was particularly impressive as a freshman and only went up from there, averaging an impressive 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game last season. Notably, he scored double-digits in each of the final 25 games of last season.
While Huerter had a diverse skillset, his outside shooting and shot creating abilities were what set him apart. He shot 41.4 percent from three-point range last season and a plethora of those attempts came without help as well. His 116.3 offensive rating also speaks volumes about his efficiency and general productivity on the court.
There’s little denying that this is a significant loss for the Terps. While the roster still looks loaded heading into next season, losing a player of Huerter’s caliber isn’t easy. Fans will have to hope that some of the young players from last season can step up.
Huerter might not have had the most decorated career in Maryland history, but he was a productive player that has a shot to carve out a role for himself in the NBA. And that’s nothing to overlook as fans prepare to move forward to next season.