Kevin Huerter has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft but has not hired an agent, Maryland basketball announced Friday.
Huerter’s decision to not hire an agent means he will be able to attend the NBA Draft Combine in May before making a final decision on whether to go pro or stay in college by May 30.
“This will be a great experience for Kevin to get honest feedback from NBA teams and executives,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said in a team press release. “Taking advantage of this opportunity will allow Kevin and his family to make an informed decision about his future.”
Previously, players only had one option in declaring for the NBA draft. They could either declare for the draft or stay in college, and there was no in between. Players received feedback from the NBA before making their decisions, sure, but they didn’t get to perform in front of scouts. Two years ago, the NBA and the NCAA announced rules that were more player-friendly. Now, players are allowed to declare for the draft with or without hiring an agent. Hiring an agent means you’re all in: the NCAA won’t let players have agents and still be eligible to compete in college athletics. Not hiring an agent means you’re still allowed to return to school if you decide it’s not time to go pro yet.
Huerter is the third Maryland player to declare for the 2018 draft. Justin Jackson did so and hired an agent, so he’s off to play professionally. Bruno Fernando made the same decision as Huerter, so he also will have to make a decision by May 30.
Huerter will be able to receive feedback from NBA scouts at the combine, and while he isn’t projected to be a pick in either of the draft’s two rounds, he’ll be able to get a better picture of where he fits in professionally.