Four-star New York guard Kevin Huerter committed to Maryland on Monday, the second backcourt commitment for the Terrapins in the class of 2016. How does he fit into the mix? Take a look at the rough depth chart below.
For the sake of the chart, the year classifications listed are for the start of the 2016-17 season. Also identified are players who will have exhausted their eligibility the year prior and players who could possibly have already left early for the NBA after the 2015-16 season.
Rasheed Sulaimon (graduate transfer, shooting guard)
Jake Layman (senior, small forward)
Point guard: Melo Trimble (junior, possible NBA) | Jaylen Brantley (junior) | Anthony Cowan (freshman)
Shooting guard: Dion Wiley (junior) | Kevin Huerter (freshman)
Small forward: Jared Nickens (junior)
Power forward: Robert Carter (senior, possible NBA) | Ivan Bender (sophomore)
Center: Diamond Stone (sophomore, possible NBA) | Michael Cekovsky (junior) | Damonte Dodd (senior)
Huerter has spent much of his high school career handling the basketball, but Maryland already has two strong point guard options, even if we assume Trimble leaves for the NBA after his sophomore season. That means he likely shifts to shooting guard where Wiley will likely assume the starting role.
Head coach Mark Turgeon said last season that Wiley was still most comfortable coming off the bench. With Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon in the fold for this season, Wiley gets another opportunity to come off the bench for a season.
Huerter can play both guard spots, with the vision to run the point or the shooting touch to play on the wing.
Turgeon has not been shy about mixing up his guard looks in the past, including last year when Richaud Pack took on some point guard duties so Trimble could be moved to the wing without needing to initiate the offense. Huerter provides some of that versatility.
Maryland will not be done in the class of 2016. With the threat of perhaps the entire starting five heading to the NBA, five-stars like Wenyen Gabriel and Josh Jackson are still squarely on Maryland's radar.