Future Watch: Kevin Huerter Rookie Basketball Cards, Hawks – Kevin Huerter was born in 1988 in Albany, New York. He attended Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, NY. During his prep career, he led the school to its second state championship and set the state scoring record. As a senior, he was named Mr. New York Basketball. Huerter’s scoring ability, especially his shooting from behind the arc made him a coveted college prospect. He would turn down 20 offers from schools around the country to attend the University of Maryland.
In Huerter’s freshman season for the Terrapins, he earned a starting position and played in all 33 games. He averaged 9.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steals over 29.4 minutes per game. After his freshman season, he was selected to the United States team for the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup. The team would finish third in that tournament.
Huerter increased his numbers across the board as a sophomore. He started in all 32 games, averaging 34.4 minutes. His 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists were all college career highs. He also shot 41.7% from behind the arc. After his sophomore year, Huerter declared himself eligible for the 2018 NBA draft, foregoing his final two years of college eligibility.
With many NBA teams putting an emphasis on three-point shooting, Huerter was a highly desirable prospect in a deep draft. Draft experts had him mocked somewhere between the 10th and 20th pick. While his long range shooting ability is his most desirable trait, he’s far from being a one-trick pony. Huerter is a high IQ player capable of playing on and off the ball. He competes defensively, and while he doesn’t have otherworldly measurements (6’7”, 6’7.5” wingspan), he is able to get himself in position and isn’t a complete turnstile. Atlanta, looking to add a long-range shooter with their second first-round pick, selected Huerter with the 19th overall pick.
So far this season, Huerter has played in 25 games for the Hawks with nine starts. He’s averaging 21.6 minutes, 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists. On 3.1 attempts from behind the arc he’s shooting 38.5%. With Taurean Prince missing time due to an injury, Huerter’s minutes have increased over the past two weeks. In a win against the Nuggets on December 8th, he played 36 minutes and lead the team with a +/- of +13.
The Hawks are committed to a full rebuild. Paired alongside the team’s other first round pick Trae Young, Huerter helps to form a backcourt that has the ability to shoot the lights out from deep on any given night. Some nights won’t look pretty, but that’s to be expected with a rebuilding franchise. Given the minutes and opportunity, Huerter can become a fan favorite in Atlanta immediately. Fans love the three point shot, and Huerter can deliver it on a consistent basis. He has a good shot to put together a nice long career in the NBA and remain a fan favorite his entire career.
You can find Kevin Huerter in a Maryland Terrapins uniform in 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks and Flawless Basketball. He has plenty of Hawks rookie cards available on the market. Look for them in 2018-19 Panini Hoops, Certified, Absolute Memorabilia, Prizm and more to come.
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