It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park.
At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft.
After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards.
Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club.
After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened:
There it is.— Michael Kelly (@ByMichaelKelly) June 22, 2018
Atlanta Hawks, No. 19
Kevin Huerter pic.twitter.com/Xr7JFjPWhF
This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987.
Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community:
Congratulations!— Matt Bonner (@mattbonner_15) June 22, 2018
-Red Mamba (The Real One 👀) https://t.co/vZ0z7ZM0DY
Good luck @KevinHuerter 🐢🐢🐢— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) June 21, 2018
"He is an NBA level shooter, he's got an excellent stroke...he may have the best footwork of any shooter in the draft."— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) June 22, 2018
- Jay Bilas on @KevinHuerter #NBADraft || #FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/uTYpNbAADJ
Great to see @CoachClarkHoops in Albany last night. He played a huge part in Kevin’s recruitment & development and was an integral part of my staff for 11 years. He’s enjoying his new career & I’m excited for him! pic.twitter.com/GsIYBylDk3— Mark Turgeon (@CoachTurgeon) June 22, 2018
On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter:
Pretty cool start to our Monday! pic.twitter.com/l7s3OssNWI— Tom Huerter (@THuerter) June 25, 2018
In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp.
Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday.
Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it.