Shenendehowa graduate Kevin Huerter agrees to 4-year, $65 million extension with NBA’s Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (3) drives to the basket against the defense of Memphis Grizzlies guard De'Anthony Melton (left) in the first half of a preseason NBA game on Oct. 9, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman)

Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (3) drives to the basket against the defense of Memphis Grizzlies guard De'Anthony Melton (left) in the first half of a preseason NBA game on Oct. 9, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman)

Atlanta Hawks guard and Shenendehowa High School graduate Kevin Huerter has agreed on a four-year, $65 million rookie contract extension, ESPN reported Monday.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the extension in a social media post, citing Huerter’s agents Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman.

The 23-year-old Huerter, a 2016 Shenendehowa graduate, appeared in 69 regular-season games for the Hawks during the 2020-21 season, averaging 11.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 43.2% from the field and 36.3% from 3-point range.

During the 2021 NBA playoffs, the 6-foot-7 Huerter was instrumental in Atlanta’s run to the Eastern Conference finals, averaging 11.1 points over 18 games, including 10 starts. Huerter’s biggest moment came in the Hawks’ conference semifinal victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, when he scored a postseason career-best 27 points in Atlanta’s decisive Game 7 win.

Selected with a 19th overall pick out of the University of Maryland in the 2018 NBA Draft, Huerter has averaged 11.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in 200 games through his first three NBA seasons. He’s a career 37.6% 3-point shooting while averaging more than five attempts from beyond the arc per game.

Huerter and the Hawks are scheduled to start their 2021-22 regular season Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

During his time at Shenendehowa, Huerter led the Plainsmen to the 2015 Class AA state championship before being named Mr. New York Basketball as a senior in 2016.

Also in 2016, Huerter played outfield on the Plainsmen’s team that won the Class AA baseball state championship. Ian Anderson, now a starting pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves, was also a senior on that team.

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