On a day when the U.S. U18 men's basketball team overwhelmed an outmatched Puerto Rico team, Maryland recruit Kevin Huerter joined in for 16 minutes.
The incoming Terps swingman scored four points on 2-for-4 shooting, missing both of his 3-point attempts but adding a rebound, an assist and two steals. The Americans raced out to a 20-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and ended up shooting 52.5 percent from the floor in a 103-70 victory Tuesday in Valdivia, Chile.
Huerter, a 6-foot-6, 170-pound native of Clifton Park, N.Y., is currently the 64th-ranked recruit in the 2016 class and will join the Terps in the fall. He's already playing for coach Mark Turgeon, an assistant to Shaka Smart on the U18 team's staff.
The roster includes top talent from around the country. Michael Porter Jr., the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2017, led Team USA with 20 points, and Jarrett Allen, the No. 17 recruit in this year's group, added 18. Markelle Fultz, the No. 5 recruit this year who graduated from DeMatha and has signed with Washington, scored 14.
"I thought our guys played with really good energy," Smart told USA Basketball. "We had typical first-game jitters — a lot of execution mistakes and some defensive breakdowns from a lack of communication, but the energy was really good. And I thought as the game went on, our guys really settled in and played together."
Having defeated Puerto Rico, the Americans will continue group play against the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. ET and wrap it up against Chile on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. If they advance as one of the top two teams in the group, they'll play in the semifinals Friday.