MM 7.4: Kevin Huerter and Jalen Smith in the NBA news


Two former Maryland men’s basketball stars were in the NBA news on Friday, when Kevin Huerter was traded and Jalen Smith signed a new contract.

Huerter was traded from the Atlanta Hawks, who selected him 19th in the 2018 draft, to the Sacramento Kings for several 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 are in the lottery.

Huerter averaged 12.1 points per game during the 2021–22 season, shooting a career-high 45.4% from the field and a career-high 38.9% from three-point range. He will join former Terp Alex Len in Sacramento.


In his two years at Maryland, Huerter averaged 12 points per game and made a name for himself as a shooter, shooting over 41% from 3-pointers in his sophomore year and making a total of 73 shots from beyond the arc: seventh and fifth all. -time in a single season in Maryland, respectively. That season, he was also named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.

Smith, on the other hand, will stay with the Indiana Pacers, signing a two-year, $9.6 million deal with the team he finished the 2021-22 season with.

He was selected 10th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2020 NBA Draft, but only played one full season with the team after getting stuck behind Phoenix’s strong collection of talent. As a result, Smith’s team option was not picked up for the next season and he was traded to the Indiana Pacers. He received much more playing time with his new team, averaging 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, earning him a new contract.

Smith also played just 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 all media and a first-team All-Big Ten spot.

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 Title IX has had in the 50 years since its enactment.

Maryland baseball coach Matt Swope has been promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach. After an illustrious playing career with the Terps, Swope has been a coach within 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 bobblehead was distributed at the stadium.

Maryland men’s lacrosse graduate Keegan Khan scored the first goal of his PLL career.

Former Terp Alyssa Thomas was named the Connecticut Sun Player of the Game after posting 20-plus points for the second straight game.

A plethora of Maryland women’s lacrosse products showcased their skills at the 2022 Women’s Lacrosse World Championship.