Four-star Maryland signee Kevin Huerter has been named Mr. Basketball in the state of New York, as announced Wednesday by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.
Huerter, who plays for Shenendehowa High School in upstate New York, is ranked as the 79th-best prospect in the 2016 class by Rivals.com. He is listed at 6-5, 175 pounds and has the skill to play either guard position.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon was asked on Wednesday about Huerter winning the award.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” he said upon hearing the news. “They’ve had a heck of a year. They’re undefeated. They’re in the semis now and he’s a heck of a player. I like when you recruit a guy and he’s 6-4 and then by the time he gets here he’s 6-7. That’s good recruiting and so it doesn’t surprise me.
"His best days are ahead of him. He’s still 17. He’ll be 17 when he comes to campus this summer. His best days are ahead of him. He’s going to be a terrific player for us.”
Past winners of the award include Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead, Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris, Memphis Grizzlies guard Lance Stephenson, former NBA guard Sebastian Telfair, NBA veteran Elton Brand, and others like Jamal Mashburn, Felipe Lopez, and Stephon Marbury.
Huerter is one of two players currently signed in Maryland’s 2016 class, along with St. John’s (D.C.) point guard Anthony Cowan.