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Maryland SG Kevin Huerter, likely first-rounder, staying in NBA draft

Kevin Huerter

Kevin Huerter, from Maryland, participates in the NBA draft basketball combine Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Of Rob Dauster’s three winners at the NBA combine, Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo and Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie already said they’ll stay in the 2018 draft.

Now, the third – Maryland shooting guard Kevin Huerter – is doing the same.


Huerter projects as a mid-to-late first-round pick.

The 6-foot-7 guard is a lights-out shooter with NBA 3-point range. He made 42% of his 3s this season while hoisting more than five per game.

Overplay him beyond the arc, and he can score in mid-range or at the rim. He also keeps his head up and looks for passes as he drives.

But too many risky passes and sloppy ball-handling will limit how often teams want him to create.

Huerter must get stronger, but he’ll remain a teenager until August, making the sophomore younger than freshmen like DeAndre Ayton, Mohamed Bamba, Michael Porter Jr. and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. There’s time for Huerter to develop physically.

It might not be long into the draft until Huerter gets picked, though.