Two former Maryland men’s basketball stars made NBA news on Friday as Kevin Huerter was traded and Jalen Smith signed a new contract.
Huerter was traded from the Atlanta Hawks — who drafted him 19th overall in 2018 — to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for multiple players and a 2024 first-round pick. The Hawks received Justin Holiday and Mo Harkless, and the pick is protected in the top 14, meaning the Kings retain the pick if they’re in the lottery.
Atlanta is trading Kevin Huerter to Sacramento for Justin Holiday, Mo Harkless and a future first-round pick, sources tell EPSN.
— Adrien Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2022
Huerter averaged 12.1 points per game during the 2021-22 season, hitting a career-high 45.4 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-point range. He will join former Terp Alex Len in Sacramento.
During his two years at Maryland, Huerter averaged 12 points per game and made a name for himself as a sharpshooter, shooting over 41% on three-pointers his sophomore year and shooting 73 total. shooting from beyond the arc — seventh and fifth all-time in a single season at Maryland, respectively. That season, he was also named an honorable mention All-Big Ten.
Smith, meanwhile, will stay with the Indiana Pacers, signing a two-year, $9.6 million deal with the team he finished the 2021-22 season with.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2022
He was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2020 NBA draft, but only played one full season with the team after getting stuck behind the strong collection of talent in the Phoenix frontcourt. As a result, Smith’s team option was dropped for the next season and he was traded to the Indiana Pacers. He received significantly more playing time with his new team, averaging 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, earning him a new contract.
Smith also only played two years with the Terps and, like Huerter, flourished in his second season. He was one of the most dominant forwards in the nation during the 2019-20 season, leading the Big Ten and ranking third nationally with 21 double-doubles. He averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game, earning third-team All-American honors from nearly every outlet and a spot on the All-Big Ten first team. .
Huerter and Smith are two of six Terps currently playing in the NBA, joining Len, Jake Layman, Bruno Fernando and Aaron Wiggins.
In other news
Terps softball catcher Katie Dustin reflected on her time in Maryland and the impact of Title IX in the 50 years since its enactment.
“Title IX gave us a seat at the table.”
Katie Dustin, Past President of the SAAC (@TerpsSoftball) writes about his time as Terp and reflects on the impact of Title IX on his 50th birthday. https://t.co/TzlRzCWpy3
— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) July 1, 2022
Maryland baseball coach Matt Swope has been promoted to associate head coach. After an illustrious playing career with the Terps, Swope has been coaching with the program for nine years.
Former Maryland baseball outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a home run for the San Francisco Giants the same day his action figure was distributed at the ballpark.
Maryland men’s lacrosse graduate Keegan Khan scored his first career PLL goal.
Former Terp Alyssa Thomas was named the Connecticut Sun’s Player of the Game after recording over 20 points for the second straight game.
A plethora of women’s lacrosse products from Maryland showcased their skills at the 2022 Women’s Lacrosse World Championships.