As Kentucky fans, we know all about Tyler Herro’s swagger on the court, born in part from playing in front of hostile fans in Wisconsin after he decommitted from the Badgers and committed to the Cats. But we don’t know a ton about Herro off the court. Mirin Fader is here to change that with a longform feature on Herro that went live on Bleacher Report this morning.
The profile includes a lot of stuff we knew already — Wisconsin fans were awful to Herro his senior year, he’s a bucket, etc. — but goes in depth on how hard the freshman is on himself, which stems from how hard his father was on him growing up, specifically in high school. Herro admits their relationship hasn’t always been easy, but it’s given him the chip on his shoulder that defines his game. A fierce competitor, it’s what brought him to tears after the season-opening loss to Duke.
Maybe that’s why Herro broke down in front of Fajembola after the Duke loss. “I just felt like I let you guys down,” Herro told him.
Herro meant his family. The ones who always saw him as worthy, as capable—who cleaned up every egged car and buried every hate-filled letter. Herro couldn’t bear to let them down.
Especially not his dad.
Seriously, stop what you’re doing and go read it. It’s so good.