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Likely first-rounder Kevin Huerter tears ligaments in hand, undergoes surgery

Kevin Huerter

Kevin Huerter, from Maryland, is interviewed during the NBA draft basketball combine Friday, May 18, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Kevin Huerter, a sweet-shooting guard from Maryland with plenty of offensive skills, is projected to get drafted in the first round. With impressive showings since declaring for the draft, Huerter has climbed draft boards.

This will probably end his rise.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

This is obviously a setback. Missing workouts will hurt Huerter’s stock. Being unavailable for summer league and other training could reduce his readiness for his rookie year.

But two months during the offseason is a drop in the bucket relative to a four-year rookie-scale contract. As long as they don’t fear long-term effects, teams interested in Huerter shouldn’t be scared off.