Travis Schlenk was scouting draft prospects two years ago when he made two minor notes about a freshman playing at Maryland. The Hawks general manager made the following notations about shooting guard Kevin Huerter.
“Good catch-and-shoot player.”
That was it.
Schlenk saw Maryland again last season when he watched a game against Wisconsin. He was there to see a matchup of power forwards Bruno Fernandez and Ethan Happ, both of whom remain in college.
This time the tall redhead who could really shoot stood out much more.
The Hawks invited Huerter to a workout before the NBA draft combine. After Huerter dazzled on the first day of the combine, he got a first-round selection guarantee. He left Maryland after just two seasons as an early-entry candidate. The mystery team may never have gotten the chance to select Huerter as the Hawks made him their second of three first-round picks, No. 19 overall.
Huerter had a slow start to his NBA career following hand surgery from an injury suffered in a pre-draft workout. He missed summer league. He was slowed during preseason workouts.