After two short years in College Park, Kevin Huerter is hopeful his name will be called during tonight's first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.
The Clifton Park, N.Y. native has a chance to become the first Maryland player to be selected in the first round since Alex Len went No. 5 overall to the Phoenix Suns following his sophomore year in 2013.
Huerter has long been consistent in his pursuit of excelling in the sport he loves.
It began in high school, where he led Shen to its first state championship while setting the state scoring record.
Then, as a senior, Huerter was named Mr. Basketball in the state of New York.
From smalltown upstate N.Y. to receiving over 20 offers and ultimately signing with Maryland, Huerter never looked back.
The 19-year-old earned a starting spot right out of the gate his freshman season averaging 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
In between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Huerter was selected to the United States team for the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup coached by Jeff Van Gundy.
Using that experience combined with an elevated offseason workout plan, he saw his production go up during his sophomore season scoring 14.8 points per game while en route to being named honorable mention All-Big Ten.
After toying with whether or not he should leave Maryland, his father tweeted this out:
Last night Kevin played 1 on 1 with his sisters. Solidifying that he is still a 19 yr old boy, in so many ways. We woke not knowing if he changed his mind, again. So proud of Kevin and the way he has handled this process. Thank You Md, Thank you Shen! Always Rep CP! pic.twitter.com/CxH8rPyWQ4— Tom Huerter (@THuerter) May 30, 2018
Playing basketball with his talented younger sisters while trying to make the most difficult decision of his young life. That is Kevin Huerter in a nutshell.
Fast forward to last month's NBA Combine in Chicago. Huerter chose to attend, seeing it as another opportunity to showcase his skills.
As a result, he saw his stock rise after showcasing his athleticism and sharp shooting, including a drill where he went 15 of 15 from 3-point range.
According to Drew Zlogar, former teammate of Huerter's at Shenendehowa High School and current Digital and Social Content Publisher for the NBA, Huerter turned down a Barclays Center invite from the league to instead host a watch party of his own at a local country club in Clifton Park, N.Y., where he will be surrounded by family, friends and former high school teammates.
As far as when Huerter is expected to come off the board, different scenarios continue to arise.
The Clippers are reportedly hoping to be picking from one of the three PGs who could drop to them at 12-- Gilgeous-Alexander, Young or Sexton. Kevin Heurter, Jerome Robinson and Rob Williams are also reportedly in the mix at 12 and 13. ESPN Mock Update: https://t.co/JZ0l0l1Ksd— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 21, 2018
If there's one thing for sure, it's that the former 3-star recruit is now an-almost guaranteed first round draft pick.
Huerter has been known for his mild-mannered personality and cool-under-pressure aura about him in big moments.
But the big man with a chip on his shoulder? That could be a scary thing for future opponents of the sharpshooter.
Lmaoooooo...I hold my tongue for a lot...but bad teammate? Aran Smith...attack me for something else, but bad teammate? Find some sources bud https://t.co/Su382j88Iu— Kevin Huerter (@KevinHuerter) June 17, 2018
Watch where Huerter goes in tonight's NBA Draft tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.