Nick Richards may have stolen the show, but Tyler Herro turned plenty of heads in Kentucky’s win over the Bahamas National Team, finishing with 16 points, 12 in the first half. The freshman came to Lexington with a reputation as a three-point specialist, but his performance tonight showed he is so much more.
“I think a lot of people labeled me as a shooter so if you’re competitive, you want to show people other things you can do,” Herro said afterwards. “Just going out there and competing myself is what I’m known for and wherever I go and whoever I play, I’ve got that competitive edge and my teammates know that.”
Calipari raved about Herro’s high basketball IQ, which he said the rest of his team lacked at times in their first outing.
“He does [play with confidence]. [I like] that he makes basketball plays. I said, we probably missed ten layups. Some was the decision making was a little bit suspect. In transition, we tried to make the hardest plays instead of just making a basket. But he even tried to defend.”
Herro said he was pleased with the win, but not his performance.
“I think I played alright. I didn’t play my best. I still missed a few three-pointers I should have hit. I’ve got to step it up on the defensive end.”
After Herro’s dunk late in the second half, many fans are asking: could he be the next Rex Chapman?
“I think Rex thinks he’s the next Rex,” Calipari said. “I just want him to be Tyler Herro. Be who you are. Rex had a heck of a career here and has a heck of a following even today. Tyler is different. Rex was a real high flyer. Tyler can jump and do that, but Rex was unique and Rex ended up being special. In time, that may be the case, but for right now, let’s let Tyler be Tyler.”