Less than a week after helping the Shenendehowa baseball team win its first state title, Kevin Huerter advanced through the first round of tryouts for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U18 national team.
Huerter, signed to play hoops next season for the University of Maryland, was selected today as one of the 18 finalists for the USA Basketball U18 team. A dozen players will make up the squad’s final roster, which will represent the United States in the July 19-23 FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Chile.
Final team selections will be made after a July 11-15 training camp in Texas.
The Shenendehowa senior played center field this spring for the school’s baseball team, which won this past Saturday’s state championship game at Binghamton University in walk-off fashion.
Early Tuesday morning, he left for USA Basketball tryouts in Colorado. By the next morning, he was already making an impression.
“Kevin Huerter having a nice session this morning at #USABMU18,” Corey Evans, managing editor for basketball recruiting website hoopseen.com, tweeted during Wednesday’s tryout. “Knocking down shots and showing [the ability] to play all three spots out top.”
That strong play continued at Wednesday’s evening workout.
“Maryland frosh Kevin Huerter with [a] very good night 2,” tweeted Adam Finkelstein, a scout/analyst for ESPN Recruiting Nation’s basketball coverage. “Would bet he plays [an] important role on this team.”
Huerter swept all of New York’s major high school boys’ basketball player of the year awards for the 2015-16 season. The 6-foot-6 guard also helped the basketball Plainsmen to a state title in the 2014-15 season, as well as an appearance in this year’s state semifinals.
University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart is the U18 team’s head coach, while Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and University of Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie are Smart’s assistants.
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