Super Bowl Sunday was a reunion for Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter. In town for Monday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards, the 20-year-old rookie spent his off day watching the game with Maryland’s basketball team in College Park.
For Huerter, it was a chance to see close friends. Maryland’s roster and staff haven’t drastically changed since the former Terrapin declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore season.
Huerter’s life, on the other hand, is quite different from a year ago.
With the Hawks, Huerter has quickly found his place in the NBA. The lanky, 6-foot-7 red-haired sharpshooter now starts on a rebuilding Hawks team that offers a near-perfect showcase for Huerter’s skillset. The rookie went into Monday’s game against the Wizards averaging 27.1 minutes, 9.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
“It’s hard to find guys who can pass, attack off the dribble and are really good shooters,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “He’s capable of doing all three. … Everyone pegged him as a shooter, and he’s way more than that.”