[Editor’s Note: This post originally ran on November 1, but with Tyler Herro’s announcement coming up at 4:30 PM ET, we’re bumping it back up to the top.]
There is a new name on John Calipari’s basketball recruiting board and it is Tyler Herro, a four-star shooting guard from the Class of 2018.
Calipari paid his first visit to Herro in Milwaukee on Tuesday, and during said visit, offered him a scholarship to the University of Kentucky after watching him work out. There is some talk that Herro could soon accept the scholarship, so we better go ahead and get to know him.
Shooting Guard | 6-5 | 195 lbs.
Greenfield, WI | Whitnall H.S.
Class of 2018
|ESPN||No. 27 | 4 SG||Top247||No. 40 | 6 SG|
|Rivals||No. 38 | 7 SG||Scout||No. 38 | 5 SG|
His last name is pronounced like “hero.”
Not “harrow,” like Ryan Harrow, thank God; or “her-ro,” like “if there is a hot girl in your class, sit in her row.”
It is “hero,” like the Enrique Inglesias song. Just wanted to clear that up before we proceed.
He was once committed to Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is a bad word in Kentucky, but we have no problem taking one of the state’s top high school prospects, especially if he was once committed to the Badgers. Herro originally committed to his home state school in September of 2016, his junior year of high school, but has since parted ways with the program and reopened his recruitment.
“After a lot of conversations with my family and prayer I have decided to reopen my recruitment and explore all of my options,” Herro said on Twitter. “The past year since I committed I have grown not only as a basketball player, but as a person. My drive to become the best on all levels has been the fuel that drove this decision.”
He averaged 23.9 points per game and shot 39 percent from three-point range as a junior.
This past summer, Herro averaged 14.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game on the Nike EYBL circuit, while playing for Playground Elite.
Watch him hit a game-winner for his team:
— Overtime (@overtime) May 29, 2017
Kentucky is among the teams recruiting him the hardest.
Herro also named Oregon, Kansas, Butler, Villanova and Arizona as programs that have really sought him out since he became available again.
“Kentucky keeps it real,” he says.
In Evan Daniels’ new story after Tuesday’s visit, Herro told him, “Meeting with Coach Cal and Coach Payne was good. They keep it real. They told me Kentucky is a different beast and if I want to make it then Kentucky is the spot. I’m still looking at all my options but it feels good.”
Frank Kaminsky called him “soft.”
The former Wisconsin Badger was a little salty when Herro announced his decommitment:
You mad, Frank?
He wants to be like Devin Booker.
I want to be like Devin Booker. https://t.co/NDrTFFHETK
— Tyler Herro (@raf_tyler) April 5, 2017
On Monday he wished Booker a happy birthday on Twitter. #MCM
He once called Arizona his “dream school.”
In a video explaining why he chose Wisconsin, Herro noted that Arizona was his dream school, but he went ahead and took the Wisconsin offer. He had other offers from Florida, Indiana, Marquette, Purdue, Iowa State, Xavier and Creighton when he made that decision.
He’s considered a three-point shooter, but he’s actually more than that.
ESPN said, “Herro can flat out score the basketball and is wired to score in a variety of ways. Herro’s catch/shoot and dribble drive pull up makes him a tough cover on any close out situations.”
His last 13 Crystal Ball picks are for Kentucky.
Not one person has picked anywhere but Kentucky for Herro since he decommitted from Wisconsin. It is 100 percent UK from the Crystal Ball pickers, which include Evan Daniels and Jerry Meyer.
Watch him work:
There is an invitation to grab the open backcourt spot in John Calipari’s next class and Herro might just be the one to go ahead and take it.