Kevin Huerter (4) runs the ball as Michigan State junior Matt Mcquaid (20) guards him. (Sarah Sopher/The Left Bench)

Kevin Huerter stays in the draft, will hire an agent

Maryland guard Kevin Huerter has decided to keep his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and intends to hire an agent, reports confirm.

Sports Illustrated NBA draft analyst Jeremy was first to report that Huerter will stay in the draft. Huerter had until May 30 to withdraw his eligibility.

“First off, thank you Terp Nation…for everything,” said Huerter. “The last two years playing for Maryland, and at XFINITY Center has been a dream come true. To all my teammates, past and current, not much needs to be said; you’re all my brothers. I waited [until the] last minute because I truly didn’t know what I was going to do.”

The 6-foot-7 New York native announced his plans to leave the team for the NBA nearly six weeks ago with the hope of evaluating his draft stock with teams. Huerter’s stock rose dramatically after putting on an impressive performance during the NBA Combine, which enough to convince him to leave the school.

“This will be a great experience for Kevin to get honest feedback from NBA teams and executives,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said when Huerter first entered the draft. “Taking advantage of this opportunity will allow Kevin and his family to make an informed decision about his future.”

Huerter started all 65 games in the two years he played for the Terps. As the 2017-18 season progressed and injuries to key players like Justin Jackson and Ivan Bender mounted, Huerter averaged the second-most minutes on the team behind just fellow sophomore Anthony Cowan. Huerter also increased his numbers in every category. He will finish his career at Maryland averaging 12 points, five rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 39 percent from the 3-point line.

“Kevin has made a significant impact on our program during his two seasons at College Park,” Turgeon said. “He has worked extremely hard to put himself in this position to be drafted by an NBA franchise. Kevin is an outstanding young man who comes from a great family and has a bright future ahead of him. We’re excited for Kevin as he pursues this next step in his career.”

The Terps were waiting on final decisions from Huerter and rising sophomore Bruno Fernando. Fernando announced his return to the school on Monday.