Huerters put a hurt on Bowie, Scranton Prep

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READING, Pa. — Kevin Huerter started as a 5-foot-9 freshman point guard two years ago for Shenendehowa (N.Y.).

His older brother, Thomas, a shooting guard, took on a fair share of the ballhandling duties. Kevin hadn’t quite adjusted to the pace a physicality of the high school game.

“Coach always told me I had to get my shots off faster and be stronger with the ball,” Kevin said.

Two years later, things have changed. Kevin, a junior, is a wiry 6-foot-4 with a lightning fast jumper and tight handle. He brushes off defenders with ease and challenges defenses to double team him.

“They’re both so versatile and so long,” said head coach Tony Dzikas. “It’s almost like having two of the same player.”

Both made easy work of Bowie’s (Md.) defense in a 60-54 win in Hoop Group’s Elite Team Camp tournament. Kevin scored 15 points and dropped three assists in a crucial 10-2 run to stave off the Bulldogs.

“They tried to speed me up,” he said. “You have to try to use it against them.”

The two combined for 31 points in a dominant win against Scranton Prep (Pa.) later in the day.

Huerter directed the Plainsmen attack in both games, ripping the ball out of the net and splitting double-teams. He used screen-action to hit back door cutters and finished with contact around the rim.

“He’s getting much better and stronger with the basketball,” said Tom Huerter, his father and Shenendahowa assistant. “He improves, his stock is definitely going to rise.”

Thomas looks to pick up more scholarship offers his senior year as his sprained ankle heals. He already has looks from serval Patriot League teams and several division-IIIs. Kevin has received one offer from Sienna and high interest from mid-majors, he said.

Both of the brothers Huerter will reclassify after graduation, their father said. Thomas, a senior, said the pair have looked at Cheshire Academy, Avon Old Farm, the Hun School and the Hill School among others.

“With all these college coaches watching,” Kevin said, “there’s always something to prove.”

Thomas mainly plays off Kevin at camp as a shooter. He also plays opposite his brother at the bottom of Shenendahowa’s dynamic 2-3 zone. 

Come the fall, though, Thomas said, things will be different.

“We each want the ball and we’ll have our disagreements, but we move past it,” he said. “That’s what you have to do to be a great player.”

As defenses get more intense and in late game situations, the two will pair up to defeat opposing presses.

“We can always find each other if we’re in trouble,” Thomas said.

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