Why did Tyler Herro pick Kentucky? Because his number one goal is going to the NBA.
After picking the Cats over Oregon, Kansas, and Villanova, the four-star shooting guard debunked some myths when he told reporters that he doesn’t think Kentucky pressures players to leave after one year; rather, he knows coming to Lexington will best prepare him for the next level.
“When you think of Kentucky, you think of a one-and-done school, everyone, if you go there, you have to be one-and-done to go there, but talking to the coaches, theyâ€™re not rushing anyone to get out in one year. Itâ€™s more about taking your time. Theyâ€™re quick at developing people, thatâ€™s why they people leave after one year because they donâ€™t party. You donâ€™t get a real college experience. Youâ€™re really â€” I wouldnâ€™t say a superstar, but from day one, youâ€™re working hard every day, two or three times a day. Your goal when youâ€™re there is to get to the NBA.”
Herro (pronounced “hero”) decommitted from Wisconsin less than a month ago and admitted that dealing with the backlash from Badger fans wasn’t easy; however, he knew he had to make the best decision for his future.
“It was tough, obviously. I guess you could say I was turning my back on the state, but I had to make the decision that was best for me and thatâ€™s why I did it.”
Kentucky became the early favorite immediately, in part because Herro didn’t really make it a secret that he had the Cats on his mind.
“When I opened up my recruitment I pretty much knew a blue blood was where I wanted to go, so Kentucky or Kansas. Kentucky was on my mind for a while; thatâ€™s is why I committed without taking any other visits. I was looking at Oregon, Kansas, and Villanova. But Kentucky is where I want to be.”
What can you expect from the 6-5 shooting guard, whose favorite player is Devin Booker?
“You havenâ€™t seen a shooter that went to Kentucky in a while, so I think me going there, and the guys that would be coming into our class and the guys that stay from this yearâ€™s team, I think what I can do and what they can bring to the table, I think we could be pretty good.”
You can be our Herro, baby. (Sorry, I can’t resist!)