Jim Boeheim Impressed by Kevin Huerter at the Dome
I was there as Kevin Huerter played his best game of his sophomore season and maybe even his collegiate career to this point. The Maryland swingman scored a season-high 23 points in what would be considered a homecoming of sorts for the Shenendehowa grad. The Terps will play three times in the state of New York this season, but none closer than Monday night at the Carrier Dome.
Upwards of 300 people were there specifically to see 'The Red Mamba' as Huerter was being called on the ESPN broadcast. All of those family members, friends, former classmates and coaches got a show, perhaps even more than they were expecting.
Huerter, who won a state championship at Shen, made 7 of his 9 three-point attempts, some from as deep as you'll see taken at the Carrier Dome; a place known to be difficult for opposing players because of the depth perception issues created by the shape of a football stadium.
Coming out of high school, Huerter was on every college coach's radar including Jim Boeheim's. Because of NCAA sanctions though, Syracuse didn't have a scholarship to offer the son of former Siena star Tom Huerter. In his postgame comments, Boeheim was effusive with his praise of Kevin's physical ability and his acumen on the basketball court and he reiterated many of those same thoughts while also previewing the next game for the Orange against Kansas: