Kevin Huerter focused on six schools, hopes to visit Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt

Class of 2016 guard Kevin Huerter is one of the fastest rising prospects in the country.

He seized every opportunity during the two April evaluation periods. The 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 12.4 points, 3.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds through two sessions of the Nike EYBL circuit and, most importantly, his City Rocks team holds an impressive 6-2 record.

Schools have flocked to the versatile guard, who is shooting 40.4% from three-point range this spring, from upstate New York.

Michigan’s interest isn’t quite brand new. The Wolverines have been tracking Huerter for the last several weeks and found out about him during his high school season. He originally appeared on Michigan’s radar when he led his Shenendehowa team to a Class AA State Championship in New York. The junior tallied back-to-back 25 point performances in the state semifinal and state final.

The Wolverines showed interest after that performance and John Beilein made sure to watch him during the first evaluation weekend of the spring. He didn’t disappoint and has earned new offers from across the country.

Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Siena, Albany, Texas Tech, Penn State, Miami, Marquette, Maryland and Davidson are among the schools already reported to have extended scholarship offers.

Huerter admitted that it’s been pretty crazy to answer all of the phone calls over the last few weeks. He hosted six in-home visits since the first session of the Nike EYBL, visiting with coaches from Maryland, Marquette, Villanova, Michigan, Creighton and Davidson.

He added that, as of right now, he’s focused on the six schools that have conducted in-home visits.

“Coach Beilein was there and we had the visit at school, it went well,” Huerter said after scoring 21 points in front of John Beilein on Saturday morning.

“They don’t offer until you get on campus, so he wants to get me on campus first and let me see it and then go from there.”

Huerter said a visit to Michigan is likely in the works although he hasn’t formally set any dates for trips. That opportunity might come now that the spring evaluation period is in the books.

“Early summer, over the next couple of weeks I’ll start to look where I’m taking my visits.”

He will be focused on fit and system. Watching the versatile guard play it’s hard not to see a fit within Michigan’s offense. He can shoot the ball and more importantly is a gifted passer on the perimeter.

“Just a place where I can fit in, like the coach and like the system.”

Huerter is already familiar with the Michigan and is interested in learning more.

“I know they went to a Final Four a couple of years ago, lost in the National Championship game,” he said. “And I know Coach Beilein has been around a long time so he’s a great coach.”

Despite the sudden acceleration in his recruitment, Huerter made it clear that he’s in no rush to commit any time soon.

“I think sometime next year,” Huerter responded when asked when he might want to make a decision. “I’ll start looking at setting up official visits when I’m a senior. I think I’ll probably make it through the summer (without committing).”

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  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    The dude looks pretty mean. He and Spike could scare the bejeebers out of everyone.

  • Nice stroke, has his head up all the time, I’d take him.

  • Mattski

    Wonder if Huerter keeps growing–tall PGs are a nice commodity to have.

    I see that Austin Davis is climbing up the pop charts. Hopefully some people will climb down off of the ledge, or off of their high horses.

    • psickert1

      I hope so as well but people will say that his release is too slow or he isn’t athletic enough. People complain regardless.

  • Champswest

    I like the idea of a 6-5 point guard.

    • MAZS

      Doesn’t really look like a point–good vision, but unlikely to be quick enough. Nothing wrong with those skills at the 2.

  • Wayman Britt

    Beilein should have an advantage with this kid if he wants him, with him being from Beilein’s neck of woods in upstate New York. I need to see if he has more speed to play point.

  • Wayman Britt

    I just rewatched a highlight video of Jaylen Brown and almost wet myself. Talk about playing above the rim. I can just imagine Walton or Spike driving the lane and leaving an alley-oop for a slashing Brown.

    • Mattski

      He’s great–don’t get me wrong. But emphatic and undeniable as he is, he doesn’t really get up that high. Camp Sanderson will cure that.

      • Corperryale

        I see what you are doing here… and I approve.

      • Brandon

        I was watching his highlights, and thought the same. on this blog or over on mgoblog, they thought he was superior athlete to GR3. he may be, but watching GR3’s dunks, it seemed that he could jump higher.

  • Chris Caputo

    This kid can play and is an all around athlete. He has blown up recently as far as colleges jumping on board. Long wing span and humble kid who I have watched grow into a superstar here in upstate NY