Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins will enter the 2015-16 season as the top team in the country, and for good reason.
The Terrapins have the likes of Melo Trimble, Jake Layman, and Jared Nickens returning to College Park, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Add in freshman big man Diamond Stone, Duke-transfer Rasheed Sulaimon, and Georgia Tech-transfer Robert Carter, Turgeon and the Terrapins have one of the best starting fives in the country.
The future after this season isn’t as certain. Layman and Sulaimon will graduate, and it’s likely that Trimble will leave for the NBA Draft. If Stone has himself a strong campaign, he could go the one-and-done route, leaving Maryland looking for replacements.
Since their roster is set for the 2015-16 season, the coaching staff can now turn their attention to the Class of 2016 recruits, as they try to prepare for what may happen following the season.
On Labour Day Monday, the Terrapins gained another big-time commitment in the back court. Shooting guard Kevin Huerter committed to the Terrapins.
Huerter is a 6’5”, 170-pound shooting guard out of Clifton Park, NY. He plays high school basketball for Shenendehowa Central High School. Huerter is currently ranked 41st in the Class of 2016 rankings by ESPN, and is the 3rd-ranked player in the state of New York.
In Huerter, the Terrapins get one of the better shooters in the recruiting class. Huerter is a long shooting guard who excels off the catch and rhythm dribble. He has a deep shooting range, and can make shots from all over the floor. Huerter plays with a high level of intensity and energy, and has a great feel for the game of basketball.
While he is a strong shooter, Huerter stands at only 170 pounds. He will need to add strength if he wants to be more successful at the next level. He also needs to continually develop his ball handling skills and his defensive presence. If he can become a better ball handler, and have a bigger presence in terms of rebounding on both ends of the floor, his career will take off.
Kevin Huerter is one of the top shooting guards in the class of 2016, and for good reason. He is a true shot maker and an excellent ball distributor who can create opportunities for himself or his teammates.
Before he committed to the Terrapins, Huerter held several scholarship offers from other high-major programs. In the end, he chose to play for Maryland over the likes of Baylor, Iowa, Michigan, Syracuse, Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame, among others.
Kevin Huerter is the second Class of 2016 recruit from ESPN’s Top 100 to commit to Maryland, as point guard Anthony Cowan will also play for the Terrapins in 2016-17.