Maryland's Kevin Huerter leaving the Terps for the NBA

Maryland guard Kevin Huerter, right, tries to block a shot-attempt by Michigan State forward Nick Ward in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland guard Kevin Huerter will be leaving College Park after two seasons after he announced his intentions to remain in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The rising junior made the announcement Wednesday that he will hire an agent and end his NCAA eligibility in an Instagram post ending with "#TerpforLife."

"Thank you Terp Nation...for everything," Huerter wrote. "The last two years playing for Maryland, and at XFINITY Center have been a dream come true."

Huerter ended his final season at Maryland by shooting 41.7 percent from deep and scoring 14.8 points per game. He was named as an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection after the 2017-18 season.

“Kevin has made a significant impact on our program during his two seasons in College Park,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. He has worked extremely hard to put himself in this position to be drafted by a NBA Franchise."

Huerter shot up draft boards after a standout NBA Combine. The man they call the "Red Mamba" is considered a 3-point shooter with good size (6-foot-7) and the ability to play defense. His most memorable play as a Terrapin was a game-sealing block as a freshman to complete Maryland's furious comeback win over Georgetown in 2016.

Sports Illustrated has projected Huerter going as high as pick No. 18 in the first round to the San Antonio Spurs.

Huerter joins teammate and forward Justin Jackson as the two Maryland prospects in the upcoming draft on June 21. Center Bruno Fernando announced Monday that he was removing his name from the draft and will return for his sophomore season.

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