Tyler Herro is off to the NBA after one fun season at Kentucky. He said so on Tuesday, telling the Big Blue Nation, “My hope was always to remain in the draft and begin my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA, but we wanted to be absolutely certain that taking that next step was in my best interests. After the information my family and I received, I believe that time is now and I’m ready to jump into that next stage of my life with both feet.”
Herro came to Lexington with intentions of shaking the generic “just a white kid who can shoot” label, and leaves as a versatile guard whose improvement on the defensive end is as impressive as anything he did with the ball in his hands. Herro’s time as a Wildcat gave us a breakout performance in Atlantis, 14 points per game during the season, a free throw streak that may never be matched, one of the better nicknames in the program’s history, a game-winner in the Sweet 16 and many, many more unforgettable memories.
Let’s revisit some of the fonder memories on the day we had to say goodbye…
His coming out party in the Bahamas:
When he wore the Rex Chapman jersey at Big Blue Madness:
When he dropped 24 points at Louisville:
“I just like hitting big shots against people who don’t like us.”
Tyler Herro loves to play the villain. When asked if he’d rather make a big shot at home or on the road, the Kentucky freshman didn’t hesitate.
“On the road for sure,” Herro said. “I just like hitting big shots against people who don’t like us. If they don’t like us, we don’t like them.”
The first time he called himself a bucket:
His career-high 29 against Arkansas:
The shot against Houston:
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It was a pleasure watching the Bucket.