He’s coming off pick and roll

## ## Maryland’s Kevin Huerter realizes NBA dream

Huerter, whose stock after his sophomore year in College Park soared from being considered a possible early to mid second round pick to having several teams reportedly interested in him in the first round, was chosen 19th overall by Atlanta.Calling the wait between the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 5 overall to the Phoenix Suns after his sophomore year in 2012 13. Huerter will receive a guaranteed three year contract worth nearly $6 million overall.[More from sports] The 25 best undrafted free agents in Ravens history: From league’s best kicker to a couple of All Pros Huerter, who worked out for the Hawks before the NBA draft combine last month, was the second of Atlanta’s three first round selections. The Hawks picked forward Luka Doncic of Slovenia at No. 3 and then traded him to the Dallas Mavericks for Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, who Dallas picked at No. 5, and a future first round pick. Atlanta also had the last pick in the first round at No. 30.”They’re a young team with a new coach [former Philadelphia assistant Lloyd Pierce]. I think they’re looking to be more successful in years to come,” said Huerter, who played with Young on an under 18 national team in Chile three years ago. “I think there’s going to be a lot of hungry guys, a lot of guys that are ready to get better.”ESPN color analyst Jay Bilas recalled on the telecast of the draft how Huerter had initially put his name into the draft in order to “test the waters” and get feedback from NBA scouts and general managers on how to improve his game.”The water must have felt awfully good for Huerter,” Bilas said. “He is an NBA level shooter. He has an excellent stroke He may have the best footwork of any shooter in the draft.”Tom Huerter had the second oldest of his four children return to his high school recently to talk to a group of summer campers and sign autographs when he was back in town recently. The campers, more than 100 of them, chanted the younger Huerter’s name as he came into the gym.[More from sports] Maryland football lands commitment from Alabama transfer QB Taulia Tagovailoa “Tom wanted Kevin to see how much it means to everyone else around him,” Shenendehowa High coach Tony Dzikas said Thursday.Dagostino said that the player who showed a maturity on and off the floor beyond his years fell off the radar among many NBA scouts because of Maryland’s struggles, which is one of the big reasons why Huerter was considered such a revelation at the league’s combine last month in Chicago.”This year at Maryland he took a more prominent role. He averaged 14[.8] points a game, and in Maryland’s system he wasn’t really like a playmaker he struggled with turnovers and all that stuff but when he went to the combine, all of a sudden there’s a ton of space on the floor,” Dagostino said.”He’s making those passes again. He’s coming off pick and roll. And people are saying, ‘He’s a 6 7, 200 pound playmaking wing that also happens to be a great shooter. To me that’s the whole process. For the college guys, it was his body and growing. For the NBA guys, it was, ‘He’s not just a shooter.’ “Dzikas recalled how he was criticized when he promoted Huerter to the high school freshman team as a seventh grader.[More from sports] New Preakness date to be revealed Saturday on NBC “Somebody wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper, complaining that Kevin was taking time from freshmen,” Dzikas said. “Here we are, fast forward from seventh grade to finishing his sophomore year at Maryland, going from age 13 to 19 and he’s getting drafted tonight.”[More from sports] Hard work landed Catonsville resident and pitcher Jackson Tacka at the Naval Academy Said Dzikas, who, before Huerter even went to Maryland, predicted his former star would become a Division I head coach: “I think he will have a very productive, long career in the NBA. When this happens [being a first round NBA pick], that opens the door for you to coach at the NBA level.”Dzikas said that whoever drafts Huerter would learn that he is much more than a one dimensional player.”People have compared him to a Kyle Korver, and it might be unfair because Korver is playing against NBA players, but I can see Kevin being more than a well rounded player,” Dzikas said. “I think Kevin is a better passer than Korver is, and he can get his shot off faster.”Huerter credits Dzikas, Dagostino and his father the elder Huerter played in college at Siena and also coached his sons (older brother Thomas also plays for Siena) on the Amateur Athletic Union level for helping him improve his game both in terms of his skills and basketball IQ.It started when Huerter was barely able to get the ball up to the hoop.[More from sports] Michael Jordan’s kids show a different side of their dad during a podcast interview: ‘He literally wanted my son to call him “Michael” for the first year’

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