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Tyler Herro snubbed in forgettable Nike Hoops Summit game

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There’s no real nice way to put it… but let’s just say that you won’t be telling your grandkids about the 2018 Nike Hoops Summit game. A matchup between the best high school players in the United States squaring off with the best from across the world turned into a largely forgettable dud, as the World Team beat Team USA by a score of 89-76.

Yes, it was that bad, especially when you consider last week’s Jordan Brand Classic finished with a 146-136 final score. The McDonald’s All-American game final was 131-128. After two straight weeks where the losing team broke 120, the winning team on Friday night couldn’t even break 90. You could be forgiven if you turned this one off early. Or more likely, if you fell asleep mid-game.

It was also an especially forgettable night for any Kentucky fan that was battling sleep deprivation to try and watch future Wildcats Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson in Portland. Johnson sat out for the second straight weekend with an ankle injury, Herro was limited to 7:18 minutes of play, the fewest of any healthy Team USA member. Team USA coach Mike Jones said that it was nothing personal after the game. To his credit, Herro took the high road when asked if he believed he should have played more.

“I think so,” he told KSR. “But it’s all good.”

That’s especially disappointing considering that Herro proved what he can do on a national stage last week with a solid, 13-point effort at the Jordan Brand Classic, an effort that led Zion Williamson to tell KSR’s Jack Pilgrim that Herro is “The most underrated player in the entire 2018 recruiting class.” What made the look even worse for Team USA, is that on his very first possession in the game, Herro hit a beautiful step-back jumper that appeared to be a solid sign of things to come on the evening for the Kentucky commit.

Plenty in Big Blue Nation were not happy about the snub.

at the game outside the UK lens, there were a handful of interesting developments. Future Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland paced the USA team with 16 points off the bench, including four of six shooting from beyond the arc. Former Kentucky recruit (turned Oregon commit) Bol Bol played as well as this writer has ever seen him with 12 points and six blocks. Duke commit R.J. Barrett was probably the best player overall in the game, leading Team World with 20 points. It was his second straight year in this game.

There was also one interesting development that’s worth keeping an eye for Kentucky fans as well: The continued emergence of 2019 prospect Josh Green. The 6’6 wing who is originally Australia and who now plays at IMG Academy in Florida was a revelation all week for the World Team, and showed just how talented he is on game-night with 11 points off the bench. It’s all the more impressive when you consider at just 17-years-old, he was one of the youngest players in the event.

Green is currently ranked as the No. 27 player in the class of 2019, but after a strong showing here and at the “Basketball Without Borders” event at NBA All-Star weekend, he should move up in the rankings.

He currently holds offers from most major programs in college basketball, including Kansas, UCLA, Arizona and Virginia. This is simply an educated guess, but I’d be stunned if he didn’t hold an offer from everyone in college basketball, including UK, by the end of this summer.

For those who were disappointed by Herro’s lack of playing time on Friday night, there’s a chance you’ll see him on the court again soon. He’s slated to play in next week’s Allen Iverson Classic in Philadelphia, although Herro admitted that he’s unsure if he’ll be there.

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

25 responses to “Tyler Herro snubbed in forgettable Nike Hoops Summit game”

  1. bigbluehank

    So the game is a dud because one of UK’s recruits didn’t get as much clock as people thought he should? Give me a break.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Since Reddish and Jones combined for the grand total of 11 points in 52 minutes, maybe team USA needed a scorer on the floor…you know, since they got beat.

    2. JusSayin

      This happens all the time especially in games where the world team is really talented. Aaron Harrison didn’t get that much clock either.

    3. Cokely53

      That’s not what was said. The game was a dud because it was boring and low scoring. UK players not getting run only added to it for UK fans. Was probably boring for Duke fans too.

    4. Alex90

      Maybe if you had read the first paragraph you would know why it was a dud

    5. callitlikeiseeit

      Difference in this game, unlike other all-star games, is World team played D because they actually wanted to win. Did not see all of it but Bol Bol must have been playing D as well to get 6 blocks. But in the Jordan and McD’s games the defenders literally move out of the way, last night I saw defense played.


    Something tells me this kid is gonna have a HUGE chip on his shoulder next season. Hopefully he is able to turn that chip into a ‘ship.

    1. Luether

      Only IF Cal doesn’t Jon Hood him…

  3. unbridled

    I’m very bullish on Tyler Herro. He looks as mentally tough as he can be. The kid can play. I just hope he can play on the defensive end as well.

  4. Smyrna_Cat

    Well, at least we got to talk about Zion Williamson … AGAIN … even thought he didn’t play … and we got to hear more about the Duke players … AGAIN. Thank you for that.

  5. Bull Filmer

    What doesn’t kill you….what incenses you……. make’s you stronger.

  6. rainman

    Seemed to me when he was in the game, his teammates wouldn’t pass him the ball!

    1. CombatMedic_98

      That coach is a fool…and that is why they got roasted! Wait til’ Calipari turns him loose in Lexington…it’s gonna be like “Rex”ington alllll over again!

    2. Luether

      Seems to me when he was in the game and had the ball, he either turned it over or forced up a questionable shot…

  7. SHCooper

    Garland is a ball hog though, I got sick of watching him and Jones. Thank God Williamson and Langford were out or he wouldn’t have played at all.

  8. Big blue erection

    We should get on the USA coach’s Twitter account and give him hell…lol

    1. FACTS

      I somewhat agree

  9. Alleykat16

    Very nice looking jump shot. That chip on his shoulder is getting bigger and bigger by the time he gets to UK its going to be a log. This kid is going to be working to show all the doubters they were very wrong on him.

  10. Jpcat15

    Even though I was not happy with lack of PT for Tyler, this game was way better to watch than McD or Jordan game. Players actually tried to stop their opponent from scoring. This looked like an actual game.

    1. callitlikeiseeit


    2. cozbob

      Yep. People whine when there’s no defense in all star games, and now they are whining when it’s low scoring.

  11. eyebleedblue

    Thought maybe it was just me.
    The coach would let him play one offensive possession then take him out. It was painful to watch and if it wasn’t for the Garland kid hitting a spurt of 3s they’re run out of the gym. As long as Dukes kids get to stand and dribble all game though we are good.

  12. Underdog

    I didn’t watch the game, but if one team scored 89 points, that’s still a lot of points. And I would argue the defense could/ SHOULD have been better by the USA team.

    76 points isn’t chump change.

    If in previous games, the teams were averaging well over 100 points, then obviously the coaches and players didn’t care about 1/2 the game —-> DEFENSE.

    This is precisely why it takes Cal half the season to get the players to shed bad habits, esp on Defense.

    I’m SO glad Hagans and Johnson like playing Defense, and if Jarred comes back healthy, we will have 3 of the rarest players in college basketball on the same team — players that take pride in D.

    Though I must say in video I watched of Hagans one extremely bad and noticeable habit he had was once his man shot the ball, or once anybody shot the ball (when he was on D), his back would be straight , he’d not be blocking anybody out, and he just watch the ball fly through the air.

    That’s a habit that will probably take 2 months to break and result in some team losses until he starts taking the fundamentals seriously.

    About Herro, I LOVE his game. I hope he can guard the quick, physical athletes he’ll be seeing in the Fall. We shall see.

  13. CombatMedic_98

    The most dominate shooter on the team sat the bench…played 7 + minutes!
    I wonder why!? Anyone have any facts or assumptions!???

    1. Luether

      Like Cal, the coach went mostly with the 5 star players and mostly sat the 4 star ones…