Kevin Huerter was expected to return to Maryland. Now he plays for the Atlanta Hawks.

Jun 21, 2018 | by Jesse Dougherty, The Washington Post

Before this all started, when Kevin Huerter was still a sophomore at Maryland, still a college basketball player and still a normal 19-year-old by many metrics, he was, more than anything, curious.

Huerter wanted to know what NBA teams thought of him. He wanted to see how he stacked up against the country’s best players. He wanted to toss his name into draft consideration, gather feedback across a few weeks and pluck it out in time to be back in College Park for summer workouts.

That was the plan. Then the plan changed.

“The downside was minimal,” Tom Huerter, Kevin’s father, said Tuesday of his son entering the NBA draft back in April. “But the upside was huge. I think Kevin is realizing that now.”

Now Huerter is a professional basketball player after the Atlanta Hawks selected him 19th overall in the NBA draft on Thursday night. Huerter was the Hawks’ second addition of the night, after they nabbed Oklahoma point guard Trae Young with the No. 5 pick, and he becomes Maryland’s first first-round pick since Alex Len was selected fifth overall by the Phoenix Suns in 2013. The Hawks finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season, but Huerter and Young give them two sharpshooting guards to build around heading into the future.

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